Canada trip cut short by coronavirus
Canada is a popular destination for many young Australians who are able to easily obtain a working holiday visa in the picturesque piece of paradise.
Amy Celisano and Joseph Versaci, who are both originally from Harvey, were working in Canada when the coronavirus pandemic started to escalate.
They were supposed to be in Canada until July, but made the decision to return home to Western Australia immediately.
It started to get pretty serious in Canada.
“Canada was about two weeks ahead in terms of spread in comparison to Australia.
“I would phone my parents back in Harvey and the severity of the virus really had not hit Australia yet, I was quite worried for them.”
Miss Celisano said they were closely watching the Federal Government’s announcements to ensure they were up-to-date with new laws and restrictions regarding travel.
“We missed the cut off to enter WA by about 48 hours,” she said.
“We flew from Calvary to Vancouver and then to Sydney, however, we were unable to fly to Perth because the new legislation meant we had to quarantine in a Sydney hotel for 14 days.”
The pair spent two weeks in quarantine at the ParkRoyal Hotel in Darling Harbour and said they kept positive in quarantine.
“We tried to stay motivated by exercising, and Joseph even made vlogs to pass the time.”
They played more than 100 games of UNO to pass the time.
Mr Versaci said they were excited to fly out of Sydney after 14 days of being cooped up in quarantine, however, Qantas cancelled their flight and they were forced to spend another night in NSW.
We eventually got a flight out and arrived in Perth, where we have to quarantine for another 14 days.
The pair said they could not wait to go for a run once they finished their 28 days of mandatory quarantine. After their Canada trip, they had planned to travel through Central America, but were now unable to go ahead.
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