The PM announced in the briefing today that the UK would clap one final time on Sunday at 5PM
Boris Johnson announced today that the country will clap for keyworkers one last time on Sunday at 5PM.
It comes after the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) published an open letter saying they would take part in the final clap.
The letter was signed by 50 business leaders including Dragons’ Den’s Peter Jones, saying it will be taking part in one final clap this Sunday, July 5.
After Boris Johnson revealed the UK’s latest coronavirus figures and lockdown updates he said: ‘Let me end by looking forward to this weekend.’
‘Tomorrow there will be a moment of remembrance for those whose lives have tragically been lost before their time.
‘At 5PM on Sunday, the NHS’s 72nd birthday, we can all come together to clap for those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help the nation get through this pandemic.
Pictured: Neighbours of Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national living in south London who created the weekly 8pm Clap For Our Carers, in south London joining the applause to salute local heroes on the last clap on May 28
Pictured: NHS workers reacting to the final day of clapping during the Clap for our Carers campaign
He then went on to encourage Britons to support business owners and their employees who prepare to reopen this weekend.
Weekly claps were a staple of the first months of lockdown, with streets of neighbours heading out to their doorsteps to give thanks for the effort of healthcare workers during the Covid-19 crisis.
The letter, published in The Telegraph, read: ‘As businesses we will be part of that moment because we too have many people to thank. Our colleagues, our suppliers, our customers and our communities. These have been difficult times for us all and we have only survived because of them.
For more than two months Brits applauded the hard work and sacrifice of health workers during the worst weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic
‘But saying thanks is only the start. We know that this crisis will have long lasting and widespread ramifications with the potential impact on livelihoods as profound as the crisis itself.’
It later added: ‘Businesses have a key role to play and as business leaders we are committing ourselves to doing all that we can to be part of building closer communities to build broader prosperity for all.’
The original Clap for Carers ended last month after 10 weeks of applause for frontline workers.
Boris Johnson took part in the weekly clap outside Number 10 in solidarity with his fellow Brits
Organiser Annemarie Plas told The Telegraph at the time: ‘For me personally, on behalf of Clap For Our Carers, it will be the last clap I give.
‘We want to maintain the positive impact it has had. We’re really proud of our NHS workers and now want to turn it into something that lasts after coronavirus.’
Following the success of the weekly Clap for Carers, people will be encouraged to reflect on the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic with family and friends at 5pm on July 5 – the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.
Staff at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool were moved to tears by the final clap for carers
Broadcasters will also suspend transmissions for a moment as a mark of respect.
On July 4, the evening before, people will be asked to put a light in their windows in remembrance of those lost to Covid-19.
Public buildings will also be lit up in blue for the NHS including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch.
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI said: ‘Covid-19 has undoubtedly hit some in society much harder than others.
‘As businesses we recognise that we have a responsibility to all the communities in which we operate.
‘Which is why we are committed not just to joining this moment of thanks but being part of a vitally important process going forward.’
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said he hopes the public will use the anniversary as an opportunity to ‘say a heartfelt thank you’ to hospital staff.
Sir Simon said: ‘This year has been the most challenging in NHS history, with staff displaying extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion to care for the 100,000 patients with Covid-19 who needed specialist hospital treatment and many others besides.
‘During this testing time, our nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists and countless more colleagues were sustained by the support of the public, not least through the weekly applause for key workers.
‘No health service, not even the NHS, could have coped alone with this coronavirus pandemic.
‘From bus drivers and teachers to care staff and food retailers and, of course, the public who took action to stay at home to stop infection spreading, everyone played their part.’