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Western New York couple's honeymoon cut short due to coronavirus

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Posted at 6:05 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 06:05:44-04

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Closed borders are causing headaches for people all over Western New York; including a Tonawanda couple whose dream honeymoon turned into a nightmare this week.

They were able to get back home after landing in Toronto from a Dublin flight to alerts on their phones that the United States-Canada border was closed.

It was just another mishap in what had been a crazy honeymoon for them, after their extravagant European vacation turned into a quarantine.

"It was pretty normal for the first couple of days," Morgan Connolly said. "We didn't really have anything to worry about."

What started as the dream honeymoon for Connolly and her new husband slowly started to derail.

"We pretty much stayed in our hotel rooms and quarantined ourselves," Connolly said. "[It was] just so we didn't have to expose ourselves anymore than we needed."

That went on for three days, only leaving for food.

"We would venture out every now and then to get some food from the local grocery store since that was the only that that was open, and we eventually just hunkered down in our hotel room," Connolly said. "Eventually the entire hotel closed, but other than that we have been pretty much quarantined."

With the hotel closed, the Connollys tried to get home multiple times, eventually securing a flight back through Dublin and then Toronto, ending days of uncertainty.

"Panicking wasn't going to solve anything," Connolly said. "So we just said okay, we're going to get home, let's do this."

The Connollys said they were told to fill out paperwork and then were able to get back into the United States.

Morgan Connolly is a nursing assistant and she said as of now she is not being quarantined, but is expecting that will be the case.