From this Thursday, the restaurants of the city will be able to serve their guests again with table service. The pilot ‘Bogotá A Cielo Abierto’ will be the plan under which the reactivation of the Bogotá gastronomic sector will take place, initially in eight delimited areas. But as the establishments receive the permits, the service will be opened in the rest of the capital.
Until Wednesday there were 879 restaurants and cafeterias authorized to start operating, this represents 3,051 locations in the eight areas enabled to implement this pilot, but in total in Bogotá there are 48,000 restaurants, gastrobars, cafes and coffee shops that may open in a staggered manner while grant the permissions.
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Everything will work with strict safety regulations, which include prior registration in the pilot, adaptation of spaces to guarantee social distancing, digitization of menus, reservations and orders, and safe mobility commitments for the administrative and operating staff of the establishments.
The Ministry of Economic Development explained that the launch of ‘Bogotá A Cielo Abierto’ will be the roadmap to begin to enable openings in spaces such as typical hotels glamping and gyms.
EL TIEMPO explains what you should take into account if you own a restaurant and want to participate in the pilot, and it also gives recommendations to diners to make your visit to these establishments safer.
The first areas enabled for ‘A Cielo Abierto’
Chapinero Zone 1
– Parque de la 93: Carrera 12 between streets 93 and 93A
– Carrera 13 between streets 85 and 86
– Zone T: Carrera 12A between streets 82 and 83
– Parque Espartillal, El Retiro shopping center, plaza 3
– Calle de los Anticuarios: 79A street between races 7.ª and 9.ª
– Urban Plaza: Calle 90 with Carrera 11
– Via Pacified: Calle 71 between races 9 and 11
– Zone G: Carrera 6 and 5 – Calles 68 to 71
– Andino shopping center
– Quinta Camacho: 10th race between streets 70 and 70A
Zona 2 Santa Fe
– Macarena: 4th race between streets 26A and 29
– Plaza de la Perseverancia: Carrera 4 between streets 30A and 31
Zone 3 Candelaria
– Mandolinas, Embudo and Chorro de Quevedo streets
– Calle 11 between races 2.ª and 3.ª
– Plaza La Concordia
Zone 4 Usaquén
– Plaza Fundacional: 119th street to 125th street between races 2.ª and 7.ª
– Square of the Santa Bárbara shopping center
– Av. 19 between streets 109 and 127
Zone 5 Kennedy
– Carrera 78B with 1st street
Zone 6 Tunjuelito
– Ciudad Tunal Shopping Center Plaza: Carrera 24C with Calle 48 Sur
Zone 7 Teusaquillo
– Big station
– Park Way
– Movistar Arena
Zone 8 United Neighborhoods
– October 12 Square
Shopping center food squares: To make it work, they must register at bogotaacieloabierto.gov.co in order to receive authorization. They can operate with a maximum capacity of 25% under all protocols.
Restaurants outside the area: They will be able to operate with a maximum 25% capacity indoors, and if they require a greater capacity, they can process a permit with the IDU to take advantage of public space. But the Ministry of Economic Development has warned that “only establishments that have the certification informing the authorization of the start of operation can start activities. Similarly, activities can only be carried out from Thursday to Sunday.”
If you want to go to enjoy a restaurant, you must …
– Book in advance at the restaurant virtually. Remember that for restaurants there is no ‘pico y cédula’, and they will open between 8 am and midnight, Thursday through Sunday.
– Plan your trip: remember that the streets in the pilot zones will be closed to vehicles. Although there will be parking in nearby areas, it is recommended to go by bike or on foot.
– Arrive 15 minutes before of the reservation time and wearing face masks.
– Respect the time of two hours maximum stay.
– Respect the capacity allowed per table. Maximum six people are allowed. Yes, minors can go.
– Do not go alone to consume liquor. This will be served only as an accompaniment to a meal.
What to keep in mind if you are a restaurant manager
The establishments have regulations to be able to operate in this pilot.
They must first register on the website bogotaacieloabierto.gov.co.
In this portal they must follow several steps:
– Sign a commitment to safe mobility in which they specify that their workers will use sustainable means of transport.
– Commit to having the permits for the use of public space issued by the IDU, Dadep, IDRD and the Ministry of Mobility.
– Describe how they will guarantee a maximum capacity of 25% in closed spaces.
After doing this process, the Ministry of Economic Development will evaluate whether or not your establishment meets the conditions to participate in the pilot. Please note that you will not receive a registration confirmation, when the evaluation process is finished you will receive an email with the permission or inability to operate.
(Also: How to reactivate your business in Bogotá with the ‘new reality’)
What are the requirements for restaurants?
There are eight rules that restaurants must follow in order to open.
– Register at bogotaacieloabierto.gov.co and obtain permission.
– Digitize the letters or menus.
– Implement a digital reservation system.
– Participate in the training processes in biosafety and waste management protocols provided by the Ministry of Economic Development and the District Institute of Tourism.
– Guarantee a minimum distance of two meters between each table and install adequate signage so that diners can maintain their distance.
– Carry out disinfection and cleaning processes every time a guest leaves the establishment.
– Use protective clothing and biosecurity.
– Sign a manifesto in which they agree to follow all the rules to ensure that the ‘new reality’ is sustainable.
Keep in mind that if your establishment has a terrace, you can use it to set up tables.
And, stacks, don’t be fooled. The registration process is free and participation in the pilot is free.
To keep in mind
– If you want to know what your process is about, you can write to the email:
firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
NIT number, company name, registration number and legal representative.
– If you require guidance to activate your restaurant, the Ministry of Economic Development has arranged the following service channels for the gastronomic sector:
Cell phones: 3046622007; 3016072116 and 3017469462
What if the rules are broken?
There is a committee of the mayor’s office that “will carry out permanent monitoring in the authorized areas and will be able to sanction, seal or provide the pertinent resources that disqualify the establishment for breach of protocols.”
If there is an establishment that does not comply, this and all the others in the authorized area could be closed.
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