- New York restaurants will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on September 30.
- We looked at how restaurants have brought back business safely in the world's densest cities so far.
- 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.
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Restaurants in cities across the world closed in March 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many have since reopened with social distancing regulations and guidelines.
In New York City, the densest city in the US per 2016 data by U.S. News, restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining on September 30 for the first time since the city went on lockdown in March. There will be coronavirus-era regulations in place include temperature checks, stronger air ventilation, and operating at 25% capacity.
Here's how the most crowded cities in the world are handling restaurant reopenings.
Source: Our World in DataRestaurants in Cairo reopened on June 27 with 25% capacity and a 10 p.m. curfew, per Reuters.
Source: ReutersAt Kimbo Restaurant and Cafe in East Cairo, a robot server takes and delivers orders to limit human contact, Market Watch reported.
Source: Market Watch18. Yangon, Myanmar. Population density: 8,700 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataIn 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.
Source: Myanmar Times17. Jakarta, Indonesia. Population density: 9,600 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataIn 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.
Source: Our World in DataRestaurants 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.
Source: Times of India15. Mexico City. Population density: 9,800 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataA restaurant in Mexico City used gigantic teddy bears to help patrons maintain social distancing regulations.
Source: ABC NewsThe city reopened restaurants at 40% capacity on July 1, per The 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, the Associated Press reported.
Source: Associated Press14. Istanbul, Turkey. Population density: 9,800 per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataRestaurants 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.
Source: Our World in DataIn Tehran, Iran, restaurants reopened after Ramadan, which ended on May 23, Reuters reported.
Source: Reuters12. Singapore. Population density: 10,500 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataIn Singapore, restaurants reopened on June 19, and they were booked to capacity, per Channel News Asia.
Source: Channel News AsiaSocial distancing regulations in Singapore's restaurants include having up to five people at each table and keeping tables six feet apart.
Source: Channel News Asia11. Lima, Peru. Population density: 11,300 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataRestaurants in Lima, Peru, reopened for dine-in at a limited capacity on July 20, VOA News reported.
Source: VOA NewsSocial distancing regulations included keeping tables six feet apart, per VOA News. At some restaurants, servers disinfected customers upon arrival.
Source: VOA News10. Lahore, Pakistan. Population density: 11,300 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataIn Lahore, Pakistan, restaurants could reopen for outdoor and indoor service on August 10, Dawn reported.
Source: Dawn9. New Dehli, India. Population density: 11,600 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataRestaurants in New Delhi were allowed to reopen on June 8 with social distancing regulations like temperature checks and online orders, according to VOA News.
Source: VOA NewsBut 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.
Source: Times of India8. Lagos, Nigeria. Population density: 13,800 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataRestaurants in Lagos, Nigeria, reopened at reduced capacity on August 14, U.S. News reported.
Source: U.S. News7. Manilla, Philippines. Population density: 14,400 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataIn Manila, Philippines, restaurants were allowed to reopen with social distancing regulations in place on June 16, per Reuters.
Source: ReutersRestaurants were allowed to open at 30% capacity, and some used plastic partitions to protect guests and employees.
Source: ReutersAt this food court in Manila, only one person is allowed at each table.
Source: Reuters6. Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Population density: 14,700 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataOnly outdoor restaurants in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, were allowed to reopen on May 15, Big News Network reported.
Source: Big News Network5. Alexandria, Egypt. Population density: 15,600 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataIn Alexandria, Egypt, restaurants reopened with social distancing measures like keeping tables six feet apart and disinfecting bathrooms between uses, per ALX Now.
Source: ALX Now4. Bogota, Colombia. Population density: 16,600 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataBogota, Colombia, initiated a pilot program to reopen some restaurants on August 28, The City Paper Bogota reported.
Source: The City Paper BogotaRestaurants can serve up to 25% capacity inside, The Bogota Post reported on August 26.
Source: The Bogota PostStarting September 3, restaurants can serve outdoors using space that's been rearranged for the occasion from Thursday through Sunday of each week.
Source: The Bogota Post3. Ahmedabad, India. Population density: 19,800
Source: Our World in DataIn Ahmedabad, India, restaurants reopened at 50% capacity with a 7 p.m. curfew on June 8, per Times of India.
Source: Times of India2. Hong Kong. Population density: 25,700 people per square kilometer as of 2011
Source: Our World in DataHong Kong reopened restaurants on May 8, Hindustan Times reported.
Source: Hindustan TimesSocial distancing regulations included measures like reduced capacity and temperature checks, per The Atlantic.
Source: The AtlanticDue 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.
Source: South China Morning Post1. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Population density: 44,000 people per square kilometer
Source: Our World in DataIn Dhaka, Bangladesh, restaurants are allowed to reopen, The Business Standard reported in early June. But only 5% did, and few customers came.
Source: The Business StandardAbout a month later, BDNews24 reported that restaurants were still struggling and that some restaurants weren't enforcing social distancing regulations.