‘That’s not social distancing’: Crowds of people cheering on healthcare workers on Manhattan sidewalks come under fire for flouting the rules and not standing six-feet apart
- Video shows crowds of people in Manhattan cheering for healthcare staff
- The clip shows people at a crosswalk standing at the intersections and applauding healthcare near Lennox Hill hospital at 7pm Monday
- But those watching the video noted how closely gathered New Yorkers were to staff in their scrubs
- The official social distancing advice is to keep at least six-feet away from others to avoid spreading the virus
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A crowd of people who were filmed cheering on a group of healthcare workers has been criticised after they failed to adhere to social distancing guidelines in the coronavirus-hit New York City.
The clip, originally shared on Instagram, features dozens of people outside Lennox Hill Hospital in Manhattan applauding and cheering for healthcare workers.
As they gather at crosswalks, the pleased staff film the show of gratitude on the cellphones and some even pose for pictures.
Video shows crowd in Manhattan cheering for healthcare staff in the street in a 7pm tradition
New Yorkers are seen clapping in a show of appreciation on all four sections of a crosswalk
While at times some of those gathered manage to stay a couple of meters apart by spilling into the road, as a bus and cars drive through the intersection honking horns, spectators are forced to move back onto the crowded sidewalk.
Experts have recommended people stay sixfeet apart in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Businesses are also controlling the number of people allowed inside, and are asking people to line up standing at least two meters apart, sending crowds around the block in many places.
But in the video shared from the 7pm gathering that has become a tradition outside the New York City hospital after similar success initiatives in the likes of Italy and the UK, people crowd the intersection.
‘It’s great but not a lot of social isolating going on there,’ one Facebook user commented on the video shared on Facebook.
Some people appear holding signs as they stay across the street from the hospital workers
As they gather at crosswalks, the pleased staff film the show of gratitude on the cell phones and some even pose for pictures
Another person wrote: ‘Yes, need to thank the frontliners … however, shouldn’t folks not be gathering together so closely? The pandemic is already that serious in NYC! The frontliners don’t need any more on their hands…. please!’
More social media users agreed: ‘It is not to drown the party but it is not that thousands are dying in NY and there is no supply to care for the sick and how all these nurses and Docs have time to go out like this?
‘And so many people to close each other on the street ???? No way, wow, how much truth huh?’
In New York City there were more than 76,870 cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday morning with more than 4,000 people dead.
New York state has been one of the worst places to be hit in the United States, with Louisiana and Michigan also emerging as hotspots for the virus as the number of cases and deaths in those areas increase.
Globally, the US has the highest rate of infections, with approximately 400,000 Monday morning.
One woman breaks out a tambourine to add to the celebratory spirit in the streets of NYC
As a bus and cars drive through the intersection honking horns, spectators are forced to move back onto the sidewalk and decrease their distance
Social media users criticized the social gathering on New York and pushed for distancing
CDC: WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?
Also called ‘physical distancing,’ according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) it means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.
It’s recommended as COVID-19 cases can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.
To practice social or physical distancing, the CDC recommends the following:
- Avoid large and small gatherings in private places and public spaces
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people even when you wear a face covering
- Avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis
- Use mail-order for medications
- Use grocery delivery service
- Work from home
- Use digital/distance learning