German, 89, and his 85-year-old Danish girlfriend meet at the countries’ closed border for a daily drink amid coronavirus lockdown
- Karsten Hansen, 89, meets his Danish girlfriend Inga Rasmussen, 85, every day
- They’ve been together 2 years and have spent each day together since last year
- Their quarantine dates usually consist of chatting, drinking coffee or a local spirit, and eating biscuits
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An elderly German-Danish couple have been meeting at their countries’ closed border for a daily drink amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Karsten Tüchsen Hansen, 89, from Germany and his 85-year-old Danish girlfriend Inga Rasmussen – who have been together for two years – are now cut off from each other after their countries locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple, who have spent almost every day together for the past year, meet daily near the border town of Aventoft, to sit down for a cup of coffee, Geele Köm – a local spirit, or just some biscuits and a chat.
Karsten Tüchsen Hansen (right) and the Danish Inga Rasmussen are sitting at the German-Danish border crossing. Because of the corona virus the couple are unable to visit each other
Mr Hansen and Ms Rasmussen chat and drink coffee across the red and white divide of a border crossing between Germany and Denmark in Aventoft, Germany
The couple, pictured, would usually hug and kiss but are maintaining safe-distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak in Germany and Denmark
The couple would normally hug and kiss but due to safe-distancing rules, they have to be content enjoying a toast to love with their drinks.
The pair hope that once restrictions are lifted they may be able to travel again, Deutsche Welle reported.
Danish authorities restricted public assembly to 10 or fewer people and shut all borders to most foreigners on 11 March, one of the first European countries to do so.
Germany soon followed suit on 16 March, closing all borders even to travellers from within the 26-country Schengen free travel zone.
Similar restrictions have been implemented across Europe, with borders now popping up where they haven’t been seen for 35 years.
‘It’s sad, but we can’t change it,’ Ms Rasmussen told Deutsche Welle.
The couple, pictured, who have spent almost every day together for the past year, meet each day near the border town of Aventoft, to sit down for a cup of coffee, or Geele Köm, a local spirit, or just some biscuits and a chat
The octogenarian couple shot to local fame after a local mayor rode past them while getting a break from isolation on his bike.
‘On today’s bike ride I laid the way past Møllehus border,’ said Mayor of Tonder Henrik Fredsen,.
‘This is where I met these two lovely people. She, 85 years old and lives in Gallehus. He, 89 years old and lives in Süderlügum. They’ve gotten to know each other at a late age and usually visit each other every day.
‘Now they meet halfway at the blocked border. Let us stand together during this difficult time and find solutions together.’
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