Seattle to #MakeAJoyfulNoise, support workers during coronavirus pandemic

Seattle got really noisy in a big effort to send a message, to people on the front lines of the pandemic.

On Thursday at 8 p.m., Seattle residents are encouraged to participate in a civic-wide celebration, applauding first responders, health care workers, grocery store workers, and supply chain workers, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the City of Seattle announced in a release.

Those in the Seattle area can join together, but keep their social distancing, outside in their backyards, balconies or windows to clap in honor of the many workers across multiple industries continuing to work during the global pandemic.

Join in on the celebration and share photos and videos using #MakeAJoyfulNoise and #SeattleTogether. Within the past week, residents in Rome, Paris, Madrid and Vancouver, British Columbia, took to their balconies to applaud medical care workers who are working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Earlier Thursday morning, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan raised a “We Got This Seattle” flag on top of the Seattle Space Needle. This comes days after Gov. Jay Inslee ordered a statewide stay-in-place mandate closing all non-essential businesses at midnight on Thursday.

As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 2,580 reported positive coronavirus cases in Washington and 132 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health.