On Monday afternoon, the Prime Minister announced that by midnight Wednesday the entire country would go into lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This is the greatest restriction on New Zealanders' movements in modern history.

The country was given 48 hours to prepare, and photographer Peter Adones took to the streets of Christchurch to document the scenes.

People ran to the supermarket after the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced further restrictions due to COVID-19 spreading.

A lonely guy playing basketball in the CBD.

Scooters and bikes left by Cashel St. Normally this area is busy with people using scooters.

Cathedral Square empty. No tourists, no locals.

Cathedral Square public toilets unoccupied.

Cathedral Junction, a very busy tourist place, now empty because of the lack of tourists.

Tram entrance to Cathedral Junction.

New Regent Street, a very touristy place affected by COVID-19.

Casa Publica, a popular restaurant and bar on New Regent St, closed due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

Margaret Mahy Playground, the largest playground in the Southern Hemisphere, empty as children and families stay indoors.

Urbanz backpacker, a hotspot for young travellers, as empty as the streets of the CBD.

Bus stop in the CBD emptied as people use less public transport and opt to stay indoors.

Posters and flyers around the city, reminding people to stay safe and follow government advice on COVID-19.

The Oxford Terrace strip and the Bridge of Remembrance in the CBD, now a ghost town due to COVID-19.

Riverside Market, the newest and largest hospitality complex in the CBD, with most restaurants now closed.

The bus interchange, with few passengers and few buses as the public transport system faces less demand.

Smash Palace, an outdoor bar in Christchurch, now closed during normal hours due to COVID-19.