Tourists and local business owners shared their thoughts on how the coronavirus pandemic is going to affect their lives and income in Christchurch on Monday, after New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced travel and border restrictions, ban to mass gatherings and public events.

David Chen, a manager at one of the local cafes on New Regent Street, which is usually packed with locals and tourists, said: "I don't think it will do well for tourism here."

Kevin Ferrell, a local business owner, said he thinks "it will affect tourism." He added that "it's gotten a bit quieter now. It is affecting us financially but that's the way it goes."

"It will affect our business. There will be a loss income for sure but at the end of the day if we're still healthy and we don't get sick, that will be a possibility," souvenir shop owner Jackie Qui added.

The first known New Zealand case of the coronavirus was reported on February 28, 2020. A total of eight cases have been confirmed since then, with nearly 9,000 people being in self-isolation around the country.

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