October 10th, 2021: How mobility restrictions during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic affected corner shops in Central Java
We generated the data and divided them according to the three phases of mobility restrictions.
In this observation on how the mobility restrictions affected the diarists’ businesses, we also highlighted two different types of business: groceries and service-oriented corner shops (salon and mechanic).
From the table above, we see different trends from the grocery and service-oriented corner shops.
Edi and Yanti informed data collectors that they got fewer visitors each day, especially after Idul Fitri in May, 2021. This fall in customers also affected their business operations. Yanti, for instance, had to lose her competent employees. They chose to move to work in another salon that offered better salaries.
The data depicted that grocery corner shops are more stable despite the pandemic and resultant restrictions on mobility. Grocery corner shops located close to the neighborhood became the primary option for people to look for basic needs conveniently, without the risk of meeting many people. Meanwhile, people might become reluctant to go to salons or mechanics as both places offer services that are considered secondary needs. The services, such as salon also require more physical interaction that increases the risk of getting exposed to COVID-19.
Last Updated: October 15, 2021