San Diegans return home from Europe amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 5:16 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 21:52:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diegans vacationing in Europe are having to cut their trip short, due to the uncertainty because of the coronavirus.

Former 10News reporter Bree Steffen and her boyfriend Sean Harris planned to spend St. Patrick's day in Dublin, Ireland, but decided to come home out of fear of getting stuck overseas.

Steffen and Harris flew back into the U.S. on Tuesday, arriving at the airport in Newark, New Jersey. While still on the plane, the couple was asked to fill out a form from the CDC with information that included: where they'd traveled, how long they were there, and their current health conditions.

Upon landing, plane passengers were let off 10 at a time, where they were met by CDC officials in full protective gear. Officials checked their temperature and told them to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

Now back from vacation, Harris is shifting his attention to his business, Serpentine Cider, a cider tasting room. The business is closed as part of the governor's order, to encourage social distancing. Harris was getting ready to open a second location, but all of that is now on hold until the governor's order is lifted.

Harris says the business is still doing gift certificates and some to-go orders, but he is hopeful everything can go back to normal so he can continue running the tasting room.