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NEW YORK CITY — All across the five boroughs, New Yorkers did #ClapBecauseWeCare Friday night.

The initiative, that’s been trending online and was reported in Gothamist, is a two-minute socially-distant round of applause citywide at 7 p.m. Friday, thanking healthcare workers, first responders, essential employees and others doing their part during this trying time.

These types of gestures have become popular around Europe as the continent deals with the coronavirus outbreak, with national applause movements, musicals from balconies, and other moments of bonding and solidarity from a distance as people all over the world stay indoors and follow strict social distancing measures.

The movement supported those on the front lines — or to those doing their part by staying in.