Tonight at 8 pm, people across the UK will come together again to applaud NHS staff and all key workers, from the safety of their doorways, gardens, balconies and windows. This united approach on Thursday evenings during the coronavirus pandemic, is boosting morale and lifting everyone’s spirit. Last week’s clapping of hands and cheering which Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “It was incredibly moving to see the country come together to thank our NHS heroes,” was followed by fireworks being let off in some parts of Crewkerne and in some villages, towns and cities across the nation.
Pet owners are concerned that cats and dogs, who are terrified of the loud bangs, will run away in fright and have asked, “Please No Fireworks.” Animals are known to have a more acute sense of hearing than we have, sudden loud noises can startle pets, farm animals and wildlife. During the current situation, with people staying indoors for their own protection, pet owners and farmers do not want the added worry of having to find distressed pets or the need to resettle startled livestock, many who will be in season and expecting their young. Join the nation by applauding all those who are still having to work and the volunteers who have offered their services, during this Covid-19 health crisis and help to protect the animals at the same time, by not lighting up the sky with fireworks.