The Empire State Building Reopens

Empire State Building
Empire State Building reopening for visitors from July 20.

The Empire State Building is all set to welcome back guests from July 20.

Before the pandemic, this famous building is a hot spot for tourists and one of the most popular destinations that travelers visit when in the States. Unfortunately, it had to close its doors for visitors due to the increasing cases of coronavirus.

However, on Monday, it began the recall process to employees and they will be training them all on new protocols in an effort to reopen on July 20, 2020.

“We will reopen the universally-recognized symbol of New York City to the world and our brand new $165 million Observatory experience,” Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, president, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, said in a statement. He added that by reopening the building it will show “that New York is resilient and that our future holds promise.”

Malkin explained that they will allow limited visitors at a time. And will follow the New York State’s Phase 4 capacity guidelines to ensure proper social distancing.

However, visitors will have to book their tickets online. But, Malkin mentioned that this may give the New Yorkers the unique chance to visit the building before tourists flood back to the city.

“The reduced capacity and lack of tourists from out of town will create a unique ‘New York for New Yorkers’ experience,” he said.

Reducing Visiting Timings

According to the trust, people can visit the building from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For the first few weeks of the reopening operating hours have been reduced.

However, the capacity is also reduced by more than 80 percent to only 500 guests in the Observatories’ 70,000 square foot space at a time. This will allow for the separation of groups by more than 18 feet.

Safety Measures

Moreover, for the safety of the visitors and as part of the Observatory’s redevelopment. The Trust implemented its portfolio-wide Indoor Environmental Quality standards. This includes MERV 13 air filters, AtmosAir air purification, and constant ventilation through the introduction of fresh air.

Beyond improving the environmental standards, the Trust is ensuring everyone’s safety. There will be mandatory temperature checks for guests. All visitors and employees are required to wear face coverings when in the building.

The Trust is closing all binocular viewers as they bring visitors close eye contact which will not be safe. It is also providing essential and extensive safety training to its employees.

“Our work has been thorough with new training guidelines and customer service standards. We have taken measures with signage, distancing markers, hand sanitizers, and cleaning; beyond anything any retailer or public space we have surveyed,” Observatory President Jean-Yves Ghazi said in a statement. Ghazi added, all guests can learn more about the new protocols and training on their website.

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