Community Activities Amid Activity Restrictions during the Coronavirus Disease-19 Pandemic in North Sumatra

Authors

  • Rudianto Rudianto Department of Communication Science, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Fadhil Pahlevi Hidayat Department of Communication Science, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Sigit Hardiyanto Department of Communication Science, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Ribut Priadi Department of Communication Science, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Muhammad Thariq Department of Communication Science, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3889/oamjms.2021.7088

Keywords:

Communication activities, Coronavirus disease-19, Online communication, Emergency PPKM

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The increase in coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 transmission cases in Indonesia has caused the government to impose restrictions on community activities with emergency PPKM since July 3, 2021. Activity restrictions prevent community from being able to meet, interact, and communicate face-to-face freely even though communication activities are very essential in human life.

AIM: This study aimed to explore and analyze the communication activities of community living in Medan City during the implementation of emergency PPKM.

METHODS: The research method used was a qualitative approach by conducting open online interviews with 20 Medan people with various backgrounds, ranging from students, traders, and formal workers to housewives. The interview was conducted personally. The data obtained were analyzed qualitatively using Nvivo12 application. To maintain the credibility of the research data, triangulation was conducted by carrying out confirmation of the research results to the informants.

RESULTS: The research results indicated that communities encountered obstacles and problems in communication activities because they cannot meet other people freely due to the activities restriction conducted by the government. The students then adjusted to the obstacles by conducting online communication to meet the needs of communication.

CONCLUSION: The communities carried out communication activities online to interact and fulfill the necessities of life. People who are inhibited from doing activities outside their homes are still looking for information about the development of COVID-19 cases and where the vaccination site is. In addition, people rely on online shopping applications for daily needs and access social media more to fill boredom because they stay at home all day.

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2021-10-02

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Rudianto R, Pahlevi Hidayat F, Hardiyanto S, Priadi R, Thariq M. Community Activities Amid Activity Restrictions during the Coronavirus Disease-19 Pandemic in North Sumatra. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2021 Oct. 2 [cited 2022 Jan. 24];9(E):964-8. Available from: https://oamjms.eu/index.php/mjms/article/view/7088

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