In the last two years, families of Newfoundland and Labrador have experienced the worst of what COVID-19 “had to offer”. But now, after two years of separation, families from Newfoundland and Labrador who have relatives outside the province have finally reunited with their loved ones, sharing some emotional moments in the public.
The families have reunited at St. John’s International Airport after two years of being apart. Now, for the first time in the last two years, people in Canada from outside the Atlantic region can enter the province and see their loved ones.
For the first time in two years, Brian Meaney has finally seen his daughter, Laura Muranyi, and his two grandchildren, Annika and Kieran.
Brian Meaney said:
“It’s just absolutely magical to have them all…and my own kids here, my older daughter, to have everybody under one roof for one night, that’s all I ever wanted. We FaceTime virtually every day, if possible, and Snapchat, and we talk on the phone. But it’s nothing like when your kids are very small to hold them in your arms, play with them on the floor and just have fun.”
Laura Muranyi has spent the last two years with her children, husband, and his family. Still, she missed the rest of her family a lot. Laura stated:
“You know, we’ve missed home a lot and, you know they always say it takes a village to raise a baby. He was born the month right before the pandemic. So he didn’t remember my parents. They came last August, but he doesn’t remember them. He just sees them on the iPhone, in the little box. So he keeps trying to turn it around to find where they are. I am just excited to be home, and overwhelmed, and really, really happy.”