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Bogota’s airport to begin reopening next month after city has slowed spread of Covid-19, mayor says

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A worker of the Health Ministry wearing a protective suit against the spread of the COVID-19, checks the body temperature of a passenger at El Dorado international airport in Bogota

Colombia’s El Dorado International Airport in Bogota is set to reopen in September, according to Bogota’s City Hall Thursday.  

The airport will not be open for international flights in the beginning, Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez said, but will have three domestic routes to Cartagena, Leticia and San Andrés.

“We are going to have the same protocol in the city of origin and city of destination, every citizen who has symptoms will not be able to transit through the airport, or get on the plane. We agree that airlines, airport and health secretaries will follow up for 10 days each passenger,” Mayor Lopez said in a news conferenceThursday.

Bogota will also reopen bars and restaurants on Sept. 1 but only for outdoor dining in “open air.” At least 300 restaurants have received special licensing to reopen, Lopez said.

The new measures come after Lopez said Thursday that Bogota has “slowed down the spread of contagion.”

“We have already reached the highest point and we are on a kind of plateau, and towards the end of the month we will start to go down,” Lopez said.

As of Wednesday, Colombia has 433,805 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with Bogota holding nearly 150,000 of those cases.

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