Birthdays, concerts, sporting events – everyone has had something canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, Heather Peters decided to move forward with her destination wedding after a 20-month wait.
But what she didn’t know was that she would start 2022 still stuck in quarantine.
âI expected to have to wait. I expected to miss Christmas, but I didn’t expect to miss the entire holiday season, âsaid Peters.
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His party of 23 returned from Punta Cana to Saskatoon on December 23.
She says only six of them were randomly selected for a quick test at the Saskatoon airport upon arrival.
Of those tested, three are still waiting to collect their results while being quarantined at home without symptoms.
âA lot of my family didn’t attend our wedding and so not seeing them all through the Christmas season makes it worse,â Peters said in tears.
Uniglobe Carefree travel agency owner Jamie Milton has sent letters to the government explaining inconsistencies with quarantine times for travelers and testing at airports.
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Anyone returning to Canada must self-quarantine for up to 72 hours or until they receive their test results.
In Peters’ case, she’s been waiting for over a week.
âIf the government says you should expect to self-isolate for up to 72 hours, it should only be required to self-isolate for that 72 hour period,â Milton said.
Peters contacted the testing labs to see if she could get any answers.
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She said after four calls there was no new information, she had received little or no help and she had to keep waiting.
âIt has been a nightmare,â said Peters.
Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but planning a destination wedding in the midst of the pandemic is nearly impossible according to Peters.
What was one of the happiest days of her life has now resulted in her staying at home much longer than she expected.
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