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More than 1,800 restaurants in the Colombian capital have been authorized to operate again through the ‘Bogotá a Cielo Abierto’ strategy, which will allow them to receive customers abroad and increase their sales. This pilot plan, which will be launched as of September 3rd, contemplates the intervention of 12 areas in different locations of the city and will run until January 2021.

Bogotá a Cielo Abierto 
The reactivation of economic and social activity in the city of Bogota will have an important boost as of September 3rd, when hundreds of restaurants in the Colombian capital will be able to operate again during the ‘Bogotá a Cielo Abierto’ strategy.

This plan, aimed at allowing the city's gastronomic sector to reactivate its sales without putting the health of citizens at risk, contemplates the intervention of tactical urban planning and signaling of 12 areas in different towns of the city, spaces that will be open to Thursday to Sunday from 8:00 am at 12:00 p.m. 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 (homes, food to pick up and food to take away in the vehicle) 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 essential 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 vocation of permanence until December”, explained Carolina Durán, Secretary of Economic Development.

The restaurants interested in being part of this pilot plan must be registered on the website 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 that we are facing, it is great news that a sector as important as the gastronomic sector has the possibility of reactivating itself. The investors who 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 Pérez, executive director of the investment promotion agency Invest in Bogota.
The city administration has recommended that the 48,000 restaurants operating in Bogotá register on the platform, even if they are not part of the Open Sky pilot. Once registered and authorized, they will be able to operate with a capacity within their businesses of up to 25%.

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