More than 53 thousand companies closed in Bogotá in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic

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A group of people consume food outdoors in the Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo in Bogotá; (Colombia). EFE / Carlos Ortega / Archive

Colombia closed its strictest confinement in August 2020, but some restrictions were maintained for the rest of the year that, in general, directly affected businessmen. For this reason, during the signing of the pact for transparency and anti-corruption, the president of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, Nicolás Uribe, denounced that more than 53 thousand companies closed in Bogotá due to the covid-19 pandemic.

According to Channel 1, Uribe explained that the most affected were micro and small companies, directly affecting the most vulnerable sectors of the city as unemployment increased. “Last year was not a good year for the economic environment of our region, unfortunately we lost about 11% of our companies in Bogotá and Cundinamarca, we are talking about 53 thousand fewer companies than we received in January 2020 than we have today, fewer companies were created affecting the less favored”, Explained the official.

In variation, the newspaper La República said that 2020 closed with 387,784 active, varying with -12 percent compared to 2019, when they were 441,075. On the other hand, the president said that in Bogotá last year 61,958 companies were created, but in 2019 there were 78,398, which represents 21 percent fewer startups.

The impact of the pandemic was also known by locality. For Usaquén, the number of companies was reduced by 11 percent, since in 2019 there were 45,834, but 2020 closed with 40,956, decreasing by almost five thousand companies. On the other hand, 5,013 closed in Fontibón and 2,298 in Kennedy that year. Teusaquillo, for its part, had 17,348 companies in 2019 but in 2020 it fell to 14,772, losing 2,576, 15 percent.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce said that the companies that reached 2021 were 99 percent Mipyime distributed in 87 percent micro, 9 percent small and 2.6 percent medium, according to information shared by the outlet.

Quarantine in Bogotá

The Mayor’s Office of Bogotá announced that the capital of the country will enter total quarantine from Friday, January 15, at 8 p.m., until Monday, January 18, at 4 a.m.

This would be the second consecutive weekend in which a total restriction of mobility is implemented in the city, since the same measure was taken from January 8 to 12. In the same Decree, the advancement of the restriction to the town of Tunjuelito, which will enter quarantine from the time and date of the start of the general measures, until January 28.

As of Monday, January 18 and until January 28, six new towns will go into quarantine. These territories are Bosa, Ciudad Bolívar, Puente Aranda, Rafael Uribe Uribe, San Cristóbal and Usme.

The only localities without specific quarantines scheduled are Chapinero, Antonio Nariño, Los Mártires and Santa Fe. These localities are not among the most contagious in the city, as the speed of contagion is lower than in other sectors, if the Saludata figures are taken into account. However, given the widespread emergency, they can enter restrictions at any time.

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