The Empire State Building in New York City is preparing to reopen its observation deck on July 20th, TravelPulse reports. Workers will be trained in new required protocols and processes ahead of opening the Observatory.
New protocols and employee training will be incorporated
Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, President, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, stated: “We will reopen the universally-recognized symbol of New Your City to the world, our brand new $165 million Observatory experience, and (we) so state that New York is resilient and that our future holds promise.”
“Our decades’ long commitment to Indoor Environmental Quality is accompanied by new protocols and employee training which comply with government requirements. Visits will initially be limited to below New York State’s Phase 4 capacity guidelines, and we will prevent crowds through a shift to timed, online reservations only. The reduced capacity and lack of tourists from out of town will create a unique ‘New York for New Yorkers’ experience.”
Other protocols include guests to undergo a contactless temperature check (must have a temperature of less than 100.4 degrees) and are required to wear a mask at all times.
The observatory will initially reduce the capacity to more than 80%
Zooming in with the use of the binocular viewers will be closed.
For the first few weeks, hours of operation will be reduced to 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets for set times can be purchased at esbnyc.com. Initially, the capacity will be reduced by more than 80% to only 500 guests in the Observatories’ 70,000 square feet of space at a time.
Empire State Realty Trust’s (ESRT) portfolio-wide Indoor Environmental Quality standards were implemented as part of the Observatories redevelopment. Air quality-related components at the Observatory include MERV 13 air filters, AtmosAir air purification, and constant ventilation through the introduction of fresh air to, and the exhaust interior air from, the Observatories.