WESTERN NEW YORK (WIVB) – Sunday was supposed to be the first day non-essential cross-border travel resumes between the U.S. and Canada, but officials announced the border will remain closed until the end of July.
It’s not just tourism and business being affected, News 4 caught up with a couple who can’t see each other because they live on opposite sides of the border. Despite that they refuse to let border lines get in the way of their relationship.
“It’s just rolling with it,” Canadian resident Tricia-Lynn Pascia said. “That’s all we can do is just roll with it.”
Pascia and Nick Crawley met about six years ago while nick was in Canada. Pascia lives in Fort Erie and Crawley lives in Kenmore. This December is when he proposed, and then in March the U.S. and Canada Border closed to non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Obviously it’s not the best situation but it’s totally understandable,” Pascia said. “The people who are in power are making the decisions because it’s what’s best for both of our countries.”
Canada did ease restrictions to allow close family members to cross the border, but because the couple is not married yet, it does not apply to them.
Much of their engagement has been spent apart, but they say they Facetime every day, sometimes multiple times a day. They say they’re trying to make the most out of the situation.
“It’s going to be fine, we’re working through it, you know I have my struggles,” Pascia said during a zoom interview. “At first I was like easy breezy, this is going to be good and then the delay, and then the uncertainty and then is was like ok when is this going to be over, but you got to respect at the same time.”
The couple was originally going to be married in September, they have since moved their wedding date back.
“It’s the times we’re living in right now, we got to make the best of it and hopefully it goes away within the next couple months and we can possibly get married next year,” Crawley said.
They are thinking of having a small ceremony later this year and then a bigger celebration next year.
If the border restriction is not delayed again, the two will be reunited on July 21st.
Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.