Photos show how restaurants are reopening with social distancing regulations in the world’s densest cities

Photos show how restaurants are reopening with social distancing regulations in the world’s densest cities

  • August 28, 2020
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An employee prepares the terrace of a coffee shop to reopen in Bogota on August 14, 2020. 

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An employee prepares the terrace of a coffee shop to reopen in Bogota on August 14, 2020.

  • Restaurants in cities across the world are reopening with new social distancing regulations in place.

  • We looked at how restaurants are bringing back business safely in the most packed cities.

  • To inform this list, Business Insider referred to Our World in Data, a 2014 project about population density by Global Change Data Lab using information from the United Nations.

  • The population density of a city comes from the number of people per square kilometer.

  • Here’s how the experience of dining out has changed in the 19 densest cities in the world, with robots and reduced capacity. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

19. Cairo, Egypt. Population density: 8,600 people per square kilometer

People travel on an overcrowded train in Cairo, Egypt, on July 9, 2020. 

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People travel on an overcrowded train in Cairo, Egypt, on July 9, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Cairo reopened on June 27 with 25% capacity and a 10 p.m. curfew, per Reuters.

'Mozo', a robot waiter of MARSES Robotic Solutions, serves food at Kimbo Restaurant & Cafe in Cairo, Egypt, on July 28, 2020. 

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‘Mozo’, a robot waiter of MARSES Robotic Solutions, serves food at Kimbo Restaurant & Cafe in Cairo, Egypt, on July 28, 2020.

Source: Reuters

At Kimbo Restaurant and Cafe in East Cairo, a robot server takes and delivers orders to limit human contact, Market Watch reported.

'Mozo', a robot waiter of MARSES Robotic Solutions at Kimbo Restaurant & Cafe in Cairo, Egypt, on July 28, 2020. 

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‘Mozo’, a robot waiter of MARSES Robotic Solutions at Kimbo Restaurant & Cafe in Cairo, Egypt, on July 28, 2020.

Source: Market Watch

18. Yangon, Myanmar. Population density: 8,700 people per square kilometer

People wear face masks and observe social distancing as they wait to enter the Martyrs' Mausoleum during a ceremony for Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2020. 

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People wear face masks and observe social distancing as they wait to enter the Martyrs’ Mausoleum during a ceremony for Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Yangon, Myanmar, restaurants were able to reopen on May 19 with regulations like having employees wear masks and shields and installing more hand sanitizing stations, per Mayanmar Times.

A member of Yangon City and Development Committee sprays disinfectant on a restaurant's front doors on March 29, 2020. 

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A member of Yangon City and Development Committee sprays disinfectant on a restaurant’s front doors on March 29, 2020.

Source: Myanmar Times

17. Jakarta, Indonesia. Population density: 9,600 people per square kilometer

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Statistics for COVID-19 coronavirus infection and deaths displayed with a coffin and a mannequin wearing personal protective equipment installation in the local area of Jakarta.

Source: Our World in Data

In Jakarta, Indonesia, restaurants can open for dine-in at 50% capacity, The Jakarta Post reported on June 9. At Atjeh Connection, a cafe, clear partitions separate patrons.

People are seen at the Atjeh Connection restaurant with separation on the table in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 8, 2020. 

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People are seen at the Atjeh Connection restaurant with separation on the table in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 8, 2020.

Source: The Jakarta Post, Reuters

16. Chennai, India. Population density: 9,700 people per square kilometer

A security personnel checks the body temperature of a woman as she enters a market in Chennai, India, on July 29, 2020. 

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A security personnel checks the body temperature of a woman as she enters a market in Chennai, India, on July 29, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Chennai, India, were allowed to reopen on June 9, but only 10% of them opened for dine-in, according to Times of India. Some restaurants didn’t have enough employees to open for dine-in.

A graffiti on a road depicting coronavirus to create awareness about social distancing during a 21-day nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on April 9, 2020. 

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A graffiti on a road depicting coronavirus to create awareness about social distancing during a 21-day nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on April 9, 2020.

Source: Times of India

15. Mexico City. Population density: 9,800 people per square kilometer

Members of the mariachi group Nuevo Acapulco, toured various streets of the Zocalo of Mexico City, Mexico, on August 17, 2020. 

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Members of the mariachi group Nuevo Acapulco, toured various streets of the Zocalo of Mexico City, Mexico, on August 17, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

A restaurant in Mexico City used gigantic teddy bears to help patrons maintain social distancing regulations.

Owners of restaurants put Giant teddy bears on the chairs as an attempt to get customers to respect social distancing. 

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Owners of restaurants put Giant teddy bears on the chairs as an attempt to get customers to respect social distancing.

Source: ABC News

The city reopened restaurants at 40% capacity on July 1, per The LA Times.

Teddy bears are located on the tables to maintain social distancing measures at Jaso Bakery restaurant in Mexico City on July 23, 2020. 

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Teddy bears are located on the tables to maintain social distancing measures at Jaso Bakery restaurant in Mexico City on July 23, 2020.

Source: LA Times

 

About a month later, bars that agreed to serve food were allowed to reopen and operate as restaurants at 30% capacity with a 10 p.m. curfew, NBC reported.

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Bartenders with face masks prepare drinks at the restaurant “Cuerno” on July 03, 2020 in Mexico City.

Source: NBC

14. Istanbul, Turkey. Population density: 9,800 per square kilometer

Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Istanbul 

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Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Istanbul

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Istanbul reopened on June 1, per Reuters. Some used props like mannequins to help customers maintain a social distance from others. The figures sat in between tables of humans.

Mannequins are seen placed between tables to make customers sit according to social distancing rules in a bar that reopened after being closed for weeks in Istanbul on June 1, 2020. 

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Mannequins are seen placed between tables to make customers sit according to social distancing rules in a bar that reopened after being closed for weeks in Istanbul on June 1, 2020.

Source: Reuters, Reuters

13. Tehran, Iran. Population density: 9,900 people per square kilometer

An Iranian family wearing protective face masks walk along an area in the recreational Chitgar complex in northwestern Tehran at sunset on August 13, 2020. 

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An Iranian family wearing protective face masks walk along an area in the recreational Chitgar complex in northwestern Tehran at sunset on August 13, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Tehran, Iran, restaurants reopened after Ramadan, which ended on May 23, Reuters reported.

An empty restaurant is seen at the mall, in Tehran, Iran, on April 20, 2020. 

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An empty restaurant is seen at the mall, in Tehran, Iran, on April 20, 2020.

Source: Reuters

12. Singapore. Population density: 10,500 people per square kilometer

A couple with face masks walk through Singapore during the coronavirus outbreak on March 14, 2020. 

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A couple with face masks walk through Singapore during the coronavirus outbreak on March 14, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Singapore, restaurants reopened on June 19, and they were booked to capacity, per Channel News Asia.

People eat at a busy steamboat restaurant in Singapore on June 19, 2020. 

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People eat at a busy steamboat restaurant in Singapore on June 19, 2020.

Source: Channel News Asia

Social distancing regulations in Singapore’s restaurants include having up to five people at each table and keeping tables six feet apart.

People dine in an empty restaurant in Singapore on August 12, 2020. 

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People dine in an empty restaurant in Singapore on August 12, 2020.

Source: Channel News Asia

11. Lima, Peru. Population density: 11,300 people per square kilometer

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Lima, Peru. 

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The outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Lima, Peru.

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Lima, Peru, reopened for dine-in at a limited capacity on July 20, VOA News reported.

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An employee stands next to a sign reading “Temporarily reduced capacity 50%” at a restaurant in Lima on July 20, 2020.

Source: VOA News

Social distancing regulations included keeping tables six feet apart, per VOA News. At some restaurants, servers disinfected customers upon arrival.

A waiter disinfects a customer as he enters a restaurant in Lima on July 20, 2020. 

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A waiter disinfects a customer as he enters a restaurant in Lima on July 20, 2020.

Source: VOA News

10. Lahore, Pakistan. Population density: 11,300 people per square kilometer

Traders protest beside their closed shops against a lockdown imposed by the Punjab provincial government ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the 'Festival of Sacrifice', in Lahore on July 28, 2020. 

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Traders protest beside their closed shops against a lockdown imposed by the Punjab provincial government ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, in Lahore on July 28, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Lahore, Pakistan, restaurants could reopen for outdoor and indoor service on August 10, Dawn reported.

People eat at a rooftop restaurant close to the historical Badshahi Mosque, on Aug. 11, 2020. 

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People eat at a rooftop restaurant close to the historical Badshahi Mosque, on Aug. 11, 2020.

Source: Dawn

9. New Dehli, India. Population density: 11,600 people per square kilometer

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The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in New Delhi were allowed to reopen on June 8 with social distancing regulations like temperature checks and online orders, according to VOA News.

A Tibetan restaurant in New Delhi, India, on August 4, 2020. 

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A Tibetan restaurant in New Delhi, India, on August 4, 2020.

Source: VOA News

But many New Delhi restaurants have remained closed because they are not allowed to serve alcohol, per Times of India. Some restaurant owners say that liquor sales make up about 90% of their business.

A health worker taking a nasal swab from a man, close to a restaurant. The mobile Covid-19 testing van runs through slum areas conducting rapid antigen tests. 

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A health worker taking a nasal swab from a man, close to a restaurant. The mobile Covid-19 testing van runs through slum areas conducting rapid antigen tests.

Source: Times of India

8. Lagos, Nigeria. Population density: 13,800 people per square kilometer

Worshippers maintain the required social distance during the first Friday prayer outside The Lagos State Secretariat Central Mosque on August 7, 2020. 

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Worshippers maintain the required social distance during the first Friday prayer outside The Lagos State Secretariat Central Mosque on August 7, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

Restaurants in Lagos, Nigeria, reopened at reduced capacity on August 14, U.S. News reported.

Officials of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency discussing with the manager of a restaurant while inspecting hospitality business violators on July 19, 2020. 

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Officials of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency discussing with the manager of a restaurant while inspecting hospitality business violators on July 19, 2020.

Source: U.S. News

7. Manilla, Philippines. Population density: 14,400 people per square kilometer

People shop at a public market in Manila, Philippines on August 23, 2020. 

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People shop at a public market in Manila, Philippines on August 23, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Manila, Philippines, restaurants were allowed to reopen with social distancing regulations in place on June 16, per Reuters.

Billboards of characters wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are placed in the middle of a shopping mall in Metro Manila, Philippines, on June 16, 2020. 

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Billboards of characters wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are placed in the middle of a shopping mall in Metro Manila, Philippines, on June 16, 2020.

Source: Reuters

Restaurants were allowed to open at 30% capacity, and some used plastic partitions to protect guests and employees.

A waitress wears personal protective equipment while working at a restaurant where plastic barriers are installed in-between tables in Metro Manila, Philippines, June 16, 2020. 

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A waitress wears personal protective equipment while working at a restaurant where plastic barriers are installed in-between tables in Metro Manila, Philippines, June 16, 2020.

Source: Reuters

At this food court in Manila, only one person is allowed at each table.

Diners wait for their orders at a food court where only one customer per table is allowed in Metro Manila, Philippines, on June 16, 2020. 

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Diners wait for their orders at a food court where only one customer per table is allowed in Metro Manila, Philippines, on June 16, 2020.

Source: Reuters

6. Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Population density: 14,700 people per square kilometer

Passengers wearing face masks prepare to board a bus at the Adjame bus station in Abidjan on July 15, 2020. 

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Passengers wearing face masks prepare to board a bus at the Adjame bus station in Abidjan on July 15, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

Only outdoor restaurants in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, were allowed to reopen on May 15, Big News Network reported.

The almost empty outside part of restaurant Riviera 2 is pictured in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on May 20, 2020. 

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The almost empty outside part of restaurant Riviera 2 is pictured in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on May 20, 2020.

Source: Big News Network

5. Alexandria, Egypt. Population density: 15,600 people per square kilometer

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along the Mediterranean Sea as the government closes beaches in Alexandria, Egypt, on August 7, 2020. 

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A woman wearing a protective face mask walks along the Mediterranean Sea as the government closes beaches in Alexandria, Egypt, on August 7, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Alexandria, Egypt, restaurants reopened with social distancing measures like keeping tables six feet apart and disinfecting bathrooms between uses, per ALX Now.

This picture was taken on May 24, 2020, showing a view of a deserted beach in Egypt's northern Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria. 

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This picture was taken on May 24, 2020, showing a view of a deserted beach in Egypt’s northern Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria.

Source: ALX Now

4. Bogota, Colombia. Population density: 16,600 people per square kilometer

Two men one on a bike and the other walking use protective face masks on August 1 2020 in Bogota, Colombia. 

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Two men one on a bike and the other walking use protective face masks on August 1 2020 in Bogota, Colombia.

Source: Our World in Data

Bogota, Colombia, initiated a pilot program to reopen some restaurants on August 28, The City Paper Bogota reported.

General view of a restaurant during a reopening pilot test in Bogota on July 10, 2020. 

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General view of a restaurant during a reopening pilot test in Bogota on July 10, 2020.

Source: The City Paper Bogota

Restaurants can serve up to 25% capacity inside, The Bogota Post reported on August 26.

Signs showing preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus are displayed in a restaurant during a reopening pilot test in Bogota on July 10, 2020. 

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Signs showing preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus are displayed in a restaurant during a reopening pilot test in Bogota on July 10, 2020.

Source: The Bogota Post

Starting September 3, restaurants can serve outdoors using space that’s been rearranged for the occasion from Thursday through Sunday of each week.

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An employee is seen behind a screen reading, “Today’s distance is temporary.”

Source: The Bogota Post

3. Ahmedabad, India. Population density: 19,800

Hindu devotees dance outside Lord Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, India, on June 23, 2020. 

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Hindu devotees dance outside Lord Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, India, on June 23, 2020.

Source: Our World in Data

In Ahmedabad, India, restaurants reopened at 50% capacity with a 7 p.m. curfew on June 8, per Times of India.

A general view of a food court arranged to maintain social distance is seen at the Ahmedabad One Mall on June 7, 2020. 

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A general view of a food court arranged to maintain social distance is seen at the Ahmedabad One Mall on June 7, 2020.

Source: Times of India

2. Hong Kong. Population density: 25,700 people per square kilometer as of 2011



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Source: Our World in Data

Hong Kong reopened restaurants on May 8, Hindustan Times reported.

Tables and chairs taped up to maintain social distancing at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong, on April 2, 2020. 

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Tables and chairs taped up to maintain social distancing at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong, on April 2, 2020.

Source: Hindustan Times

Social distancing regulations included measures like reduced capacity and temperature checks, per The Atlantic.

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A restaurant in Hong Kong.

Source: The Atlantic

Due to a spike in coronavirus cases, Hong Kong restaurants endured a two-day dine-in ban that began on July 29 and lifted on July 31, according to the South China Morning Post.

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A woman has lunch outside a restaurant at a mall after the government banned dine-in services in Hong Kong on July 30, 2020.

Source: South China Morning Post

1. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Population density: 44,000 people per square kilometer

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People wait in the queue outside of a coronavirus testing center in Dhaka.

Source: Our World in Data

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, restaurants are allowed to reopen, The Business Standard reported in early June. But only 5% did, and few customers came.

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People go through a disinfection tunnel installed by Artoonad, a volunteer organization, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 16, 2020.

Source: The Business Standard

About a month later, BDNews24 reported that restaurants were still struggling and that some restaurants weren’t enforcing social distancing regulations.

People wearing facemasks arrive at Launch station in the River Padma in Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 5, 2020. 

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People wearing facemasks arrive at Launch station in the River Padma in Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 5, 2020.

Source: BDNews24

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