Thursday, 28 October, 2021
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Aussie-UK couple kept apart by Covid reunited

A long-distance couple separated by pandemic travel rules for 20 months have been reunited at Heathrow Airport ahead of their wedding, reports BBC.

Australian Chris Quealy, 72, was given dispensation to leave Australia, after he proposed to Penny Steven, 69, from Buckinghamshire, over Zoom this year.

Since March 2020, Australia has banned its citizens from leaving the country as part of its Covid strategy. "I didn't think [this day] would ever, ever come," said Penny. Mum-of-four Penny met grandfather Chris, who is from the Gold Coast, in May 2015, during a solo trip to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

The couple regularly travelled the 10,000 or so miles between their homes, with Penny returning to Amersham from her last visit to Australia on 3 February 2020.