Background: Public health in social interventions is critical to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 virus. The Sibolga city government has implemented a variety of public health and social measures to control the pandemic. This study aimed to describe the extent to which the community members in Sibolga city followed the government policy on COVID-19 prevention measures.
Subjects and Method: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in Sibolga, North Sumatra in 2020. A total of 100 community members was selected at random for interviews. The dependent variables included various COVID-19 preventive measures, such as facemask wearing, physical distancing, handwashing, consistency in following government recommendations, social distancing, and staying at home. The data were collected by questionnaires and described in percentage by SPSS.
Results: Various COVID-19 preventive measures had been taken by Sibolga community members as follows: facemask wearing (96.0%), physical distancing (89.5%), hand-washing (94.5%), consistently following government recommendation (95.6%), social distancing (88.1%), and staying at home (35.6%).
Conclusion: The Sibolga community members have followed the Sibolga city government policies on controlling COVID-19 pandemic.
Keywords: prevention measures, COVID-19, government efforts, community members
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