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Posted on: April 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Rilling encourages Norwalkers to Ring Bells and Shine Lights for solidarity

City Background with text saying Ring Bells and Shine Lights at 7pm

As the Norwalk community continues to practice physical distancing, some may feel socially disconnected. Starting tonight, April 3, and every day moving forward, Mayor Rilling encourages residents to shine a light from their homes and for churches and houses of worship to ring their bells or chimes from 7 p.m. - 7:02 p.m. This is a way to offer thanks to first responders and other essential employees, and to show solidarity as a community.

“Times are tough, no doubt about it, but small acts, like shining a light or ringing a bell, could really make a difference for our neighbors, first responders, and essential employees,” Mayor Rilling said. “Whether it’s a church bell or a flashlight from the front porch, hearing the chimes and seeing the lights will hopefully create a sense of solidarity across the community. I encourage all of us to mark 7 p.m. on our calendars every day.”

The best way to slow the spread of coronavirus is to stay home, if possible. However, that could create the feeling of being disconnected from the community and loved ones. Mayor Rilling hopes the sound of bells and chimes, or the visuals of lights and candles, will serve as a reminder that Norwalk stands together. Those who can leave a light on or in the window throughout the night are encouraged to do so, to reach those who may still be working at 7 p.m.

Additionally, anyone participating is encouraged to take videos or photos of their nightly routines and share on social media. That way, even neighborhoods that are far apart can be connected through the power of technology. Residents can also share photos and videos directly with Mayor Rilling by emailing These submissions may also be used on City of Norwalk social media properties.

“Norwalk – even though we might be apart – we can still be together,” Mayor Rilling said. “Let’s make some noise each and every night for our friends, neighbors, and loved ones.”

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