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WCCO viewers keep asking why Frank and Amelia aren't social distancing

If you're not aware, the two are married.
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Anyone with a passing familiarity with local TV news will know that Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello are a power couple in the Twin Cities media.

But not everyone is aware, it seems, with some viewers having recently complained about the pair's apparent closeness while anchoring the evening news in the times of COVID-19.

WCCO journalist Nick Streiff shared one of the complaints about Frank and Amelia's lack of social distancing while presenting the news.

"This is a message to everyone who sends me and WCCO emails about [Amelia and Frank] sitting too close together," he tweeted. "They are married. They live in the same house. It’s OK."

Minnesotans are advised to keep 6 feet of distance from anyone who's not a member of your own household.

That said, many a marriage will likely have found itself under some unusual strain this year given the longer-than-usual amounts of time couples have been spending time together.

Which is probably why Amelia tweeted this:

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