02 de September 2020
With this strategy, Bogota seeks the reactivation of the gastronomic sector
More than 1,800 restaurants in the Colombian capital have been authorized to operate again through the ‘Bogotá a Cielo Abierto’ strategy, which allows them to receive costumers and increase their sales. This pilot plan, which will be launched as of September 3, contemplates the intervention of 12 areas in different locations of the city and will run until January 2021.
The reactivation of economic and social activity in the city of Bogota will have an important boost as of September 3, when hundreds of restaurants in the Colombian capital will be able to operate again as part of the strategy ‘Bogotá a Cielo Abierto’.
This plan, aimed to allow the city's gastronomic sector to reactivate its sales without putting the health of citizens at risk, contemplates the intervention 12 areas in different neighborhoods of the city, spaces that will be open from Thursday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm every week until January 2021. This first phase includes restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and gastrobars that provide table service in open places.
It is estimated that the modalities with which the city's gastronomic sector has been operating (delivery and take away) have allowed these establishments to sell about 15% or 20% of what they sold before the pandemic, which is why the “Bogotá a Cielo Abierto” strategy would be fundamental to improve the conditions of this important economic sector of the capital.
“Bogotá a Cielo Abierto is part of the new reality to enjoy the city in a different way. Citizen culture, self-care and co-responsibility are 50% of the success of this economic reactivation strategy that will have a permanent vocation until December,” explained Carolina Durán, Secretary of Economic Development.
Restaurants interested in being part of this pilot plan must be registered on the website www.bogota.gov.co. In a maximum of 48 hours they will be issued the certificate to be able to operate. So far, more than 2,500 restaurants have been registered to be part of the pilot plan, 1,863 of which have been authorized by the city.
"In the midst of this new reality we are facing, it is great news that a sector as important as this one has the possibility to be reactivated. The investors that are currently in the city, as well as the tourists that we will receive again once the international flights are restored, will find a city that takes care of them and that is reactivated in a responsible and sustainable way,” said Juan Gabriel Perez, Executive Director of the investment promotion agency Invest in Bogota.
The city´s administration has recommended that the 48,000 restaurants operating in Bogota register on the platform, although they are not part of the pilot. Once registered and authorized, they will be able to operate with a capacity within their businesses of up to 25%.