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Some visit family for the first time since pandemic this Easter

Updated: Apr. 2, 2021 at 6:48 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - For some folks it is their first big trip to visit family for the holidays during the pandemic.

By this time last year, not many could get together to celebrate Easter, but this year families have a little more spring in their step.

“So, I’ve only seen my dad about twice this year or so. So by Easter coming up, we are going to go by, visit with them, just a little bit of Easter love because so much has been going on for so many families,” says Erica Grisbuy.

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Even though, Grisbuy doesn’t have to travel far to see her parents, it has still been a long time since they’ve been able to visit in person.

“This year has bee a bit much for everyone. I’ve been really cautious about going around my mother as well as my father because they are both up in age. Both have serious illnesses that they have had and have dealt with through the years and stuff,” adds Grisbury.

Since more people are getting the vaccines, some folks says they feel more comfortable traveling, like Ginny Martinez who is gassing up her tank to take he family to Waveland, MS.

“It’s going to be a little bit different, we have seen them during the pandemic, but it’s been a little bit more you know hands off and distancing all that. It’s going to be nice to be able to let the children hug their grandparents,” says Martinez.

However, others are staying home and keeping it small like Symetress Bates, who says her son from California will not be stopping in for Easter this year, “Well, my son is in the navy, he’s there wishing that he could travel back home, but unfortunately during this time he’s unable to travel back home.”

The CDC says that if folk are traveling by public transportation such as an airplane or bus, people should wear their masks.

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