Watch the moment two friends finally hug after a year separated by border restrictions

Pandemic restrictions left two best friends living on opposite side of the Canada-U.S. border unable to see each other for nearly a year.

Pandemic restrictions kept best friends Johanna Innes and Katie Pym unable to meet in person

Best friends finally hug after year-long pandemic separation

3 months ago
After nearly a year separated by border restrictions, Canadian ER doctor Johanna Innes finally makes the drive back to Canada to reunite with her best friend and celebrate all the special occasions they missed during the pandemic. 4:45

The pandemic left Johanna Innes waiting nearly a year to see her longtime best friend Katie Pym, despite the fact she only lives 30 minutes away by car.

The problem for Innes, a Canadian physician, is that she lives and works in Buffalo, N.Y., but Pym lives in St. Catharines, Ont.

Quarantine requirements held back their long-awaited reunion until recently — and Innes shared that story with The National, as seen in the video above.

The National is taking a look at a series of pandemic-delayed reunions this week — all personal, all emotional, all stories of people who have waited too long to be together.

Best friends Johanna Innes, left, and Katie Pym were unable to hang out for nearly a year due to pandemic-related border restrictions that made driving across the Canada-U.S. border too difficult. (Submitted by Johanna Innes)