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Couple Marry Outside Mom’s Nursing Home Window

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Oct. 26, 2020 -- One couple in New York City didn’t let COVID-19 stop them from including a very special guest on their wedding day.

The bride-to-be’s mother, Dorothy Roberts, 89, wasn’t able to safely leave her nursing home to attend the wedding in person -- so the bride and groom brought the ceremony to her.

The couple teamed up with the nursing home to move their big day to a courtyard outside Roberts’s window so she could watch them say their vows.

“We were so honored to host Robyn and Tim’s wedding, so Mrs. Dorothy Roberts could participate in the beautiful ceremony,” MJHS Health System told WebMD. “It was wonderful to see her beaming all day -- from the morning, when we helped her get ready, to when she watched the nuptials from the garden window and later waved goodbye to the newlyweds from a balcony.”

Roberts has lived at the Isabella Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care for 13 years and has been COVID-free throughout the pandemic, a spokesperson for the facility says.

“But like most great New York stories, their wedding was a public affair,” the spokesperson says. “Friends cheered on from a safe distance, passersby waved, drivers honked, the local police precinct helped with traffic flow, Isabella residents congratulated Mrs. Roberts, and our staff was so thrilled to help make the big day incredibly meaningful (and possible) -- they couldn’t stop smiling.”

The CDC says many cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have occurred among older adults living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. In response, facilities across the country have put visitor restrictions and other rules in place to prevent the spread of the virus. You can read the CDC’s latest guidance for nursing home residents here.

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CDC: “People Who Live in a Nursing Home or Long-Term Care Facility,” “Preparing for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes.”

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