Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark is asking residents to show their appreciation for front-line staff working during the coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

“Essential service workers have been putting their health at risk for weeks, to keep us safe,” Clark said in a statement.

The release said Clark hopes city residents stand on their lawns or balconies to cheer, sing and make noise for everyone who has been working “to keep our city running and protect our community,” during the novel coronavirus pandemic, from paramedics to grocery store employees.

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“They have been responding to emergencies, tending to patients, cleaning facilities, and enabling us to have clean drinking water and access to food. In difficult times like these, it is important to show kindness to one another and to have each other’s backs. This is a way for us to show our thanks.”

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