Zuidas Lives

Applause for healthcare workers as Zuidas grinds to a halt

Zuidas has ground to a halt. All catering establishments and almost all offices have closed. Despite this, on the evening of Tuesday, 17 March, the residents of Zuidas showed some heart-warming signs of life. Hopefully, the staff at Amsterdam University Medical Centre (UMC) were able to hear them.

On any normal day, the streets are busy at lunchtime. If the weather’s not too bad, it’s great to take a breath of fresh air in Mahlerplein and Gershwinplein. Or to take a gentle stroll through Claude Debussylaan. But at lunchtime yesterday, our photographer Jan Vonk found Zuidas empty and deserted.

Claude Debussylaan, 17 March 2020
Claude Debussylaan, 17 March 2020
Emptiness in Parnassusweg
Emptiness in Parnassusweg
A warning sign in Amsterdam
A warning sign in Amsterdam
But still a chance for cycling
But still a chance for cycling

A cascading round of applause

In spite of all this, on Tuesday evening, the residents of Zuidas made themselves heard. First, there was the initiative to offer support to the restaurants. Then, at precisely 8 p.m., they showed their support for emergency workers with a cascading round of applause, just like in the rest of the city and the entire country. We also wish all healthcare workers our very best wishes. This, of course, particularly applies to the people at Amsterdam UMC, VUmc location. The offices are closed and even we are working from home. But these Zuidas heroes cannot allow themselves to do that. The video is by photographer Katja Mali.

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