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This year, families came together to celebrate Father’s Day a little differently than usual.

As state borders remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, loved ones gathered on the NSW-Queensland border to spend time together.

Hundreds of people were seen gathering at the border barricades that separate the two states on Sunday in a display of “heartbreaking” scenes.

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Mick Barnes, who is on one side of the border, reunited with his children, who are on the other side, after two months apart.

“It’s hard, it’s actually very hard,” Barnes told 7NEWS.

“I teared up a little bit when I first got here because I can’t actually be with them at all.”

Other families were seen engaging in hugs, sharing meals and giving presents, as police watched on nearby.

Some families even set up chairs and tables to settle in for valuable lost time with they loved ones.

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Police were also gathered on the border and handed out hundreds of masks to emotional families, but didn’t stop people from coming together.

The scenes at the border were labelled as “insanity”, “heartbreaking” and “strange” by those on social media, as people continue to struggle with the reality of lockdown.

“Bringing tears to my eye thats its come to fathers day over barriers,” one social media user said.

“A story that both warms and cools the heart,” another added.

“What a cruel world,” a third person said.

Queensland’s tough border with New South Wales means that no one can enter unless they have been granted an exemption, which has proven difficult to acquire.

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This article first appeared on Over60.