We probably need not remind everyone that it’s really not the best time to be globetrotting right now, but like Cecilia Cheung and Joe Ma, Taiwan-based Singaporean pop duo BY2 weren’t going to let the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of their recent holiday plans.
Those who follow Miko and Yumi Bai on their socials would know that the twins have been quite the jetsetters over the past couple of months. From February to early March, they visited several different cities in Australia before making their way to Los Angeles, California. But at least it looks like they’ve been practising safe distancing, and even settled with having their “quietest birthday celebration ever” when they turned 28 on March 23.
Little did they imagine that they would end up stranded in the United States with no way to get home. On March 28, the girls posted a lengthy statement on Weibo to update fans about their current situation.
“Some time ago, we were asked to rush back to Asia immediately due to work. Although we had already bought our plane tickets, a lot of places suddenly went into lockdown and we couldn’t go anywhere as flights everywhere were cancelled,” they wrote.
To make things even more difficult, all flight passengers are only allowed to enter Beijing (supposedly BY2’s intended destination) after passing health checks at one of 12 designated airports in other cities in China.
“We were constantly thinking of all kinds of ways to go back, and our only option was to take a 30-hour flight with multiple transfers, but the plan kept falling behind the changes. Our family is also very worried and urged us to avoid too much flying because the more people we come into contact with, the higher our chances of getting infected, so not everyone can easily make a decision to fly off whenever they want.”
Miko and Yumi went on to say that with all the travel restrictions, tickets are either difficult to find or extremely expensive, but they are still hoping to find a way so that they can get back to their jobs.
Despite their predicament, BY2 made sure they remembered to pay tribute to frontline workers, volunteers, and manufacturers of protective gear who’ve had to sacrifice precious family time to work in such a dangerous environment.
“We are taking this pandemic very seriously, and the least we can do is to not make things worse,” they continued. “We have always been self-isolating and practising other preventive measures. Safety comes first, so be responsible for your own health, and also for your work.”