Coronavirus: It felt like 5pm on a Sunday, not day one of a four-week nationwide lockdown
Opinion: In New Plymouth, day one of New Zealand's nationwide lockdown was disappointing.
I thought Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was clear in her message to stay home.
I wanted to see a ghost town and get that eerie feeling like I was in a science fiction movie, but, alas, I did not.
On my five-minute drive to work (journalists are an essential service so I'm travelling into office this week), I passed 18 cars.
On my travels around the city, I also spotted multiple cyclists, people out walking, swimming, families walking their dogs, and a stand-up paddleboarder.
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One guy was cycling down the street singing at the top of his lungs and some had used the lockdown as an opportunity for a beach day.
Sure, it didn't feel like the norm.
The Coastal Walkway wasn't thriving with its usual mix of office workers on their lunchbreaks, retirees out for walks, or tourists taking in the city by bike.
The supermarkets had quietened down from panic buyers; traffic lights were largely unnecessary, and cafes weren't bursting with life.
At 2.30pm on a Thursday it felt more like 5pm on a Sunday.
But for day one of a four-week lockdown to try and fight coronavirus, where we've been told everyone but essential workers must stay at home, there was more activity than I expected.
I know it's not home detention and we've been told we can exercise, but that exercise should take place in our neighbourhood.
Driving should only be to get to essential services such as supermarkets or pharmacies, not to get to the beach or the lake.
All other activities should be avoided.
A few could be seen making the most of the enforced time at home by mowing the lawn or raking leaves. But these sights were few and far between.
Jacinda Ardern told the country the simplest thing New Zealanders could do to stop the spread of the virus was to stay at home.
"That is how we will save lives."
There's no doubt four weeks in lockdown is going to be tough but if this is what day one looks like, what will day 30 look like?
I don't mean to sound like I'm telling people off. I'm not disputing the fact that the next four weeks will be challenging.
It's going to be a struggle for us all and there's a lot of grey areas about exactly what is allowed.
But we've got to at least try and do this right, right? Otherwise, this is going to last a lot longer than it needs to.
So stay at home as much as you can and let me get those ghost town eerie sci-fi vibes on my next trip to work.