Wellington, New Zealand (CNN)Henny Ansell is effectively in a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend -- but her boyfriend is only a few miles away.
Ansell and Michael Bryan live in Wellington, the harbor-side capital of New Zealand. For the next four weeks -- at least -- the couple won't be able to see each other in person.
That's because the country is in lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.
"At first, we didn't really understand the rules -- we kind of thought, it will be fine, we'll be able to see each other once or twice a week," says 25-year-old Ansell, who has been with her boyfriend for five years. "And then it kind of dawned on us that that's probably not good."
Bryan invited her to stick out the lockdown in his flat, but another flatmate's girlfriend was already staying. Besides, she wanted to be at her own place -- and it was a bit small for him to stay with her.
So instead, the couple -- who met while working at a local pizza chain -- will spend the next few weeks chatting virtually, even though they live around 8 kilometers (5 miles) apart. They already text each other good morning and good night, but instead of in-person hang outs, their immediate future looks set to feature constant texting and watching Netflix shows together but apart.
"It's very tempting (to meet up), and it's frustrating because it's like, oh surely we could just meet up and hug," Ansell says. "But you can't -- that destroys the whole purpose of it."
As countries impose strict lockdown measures and travel restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, couples all over the world are facing similar predicaments. While some -- like Ansell -- are choosing to stay apart, others have found coronavirus has brought them closer together.
The question of how couples should handle lockdowns is so widespread that it was even brought up at a press con