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The Empire State Building Is Officially Opening Back Up To Visitors July 20

Enjoy views from the 86th & 102nd floor observatories

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

The Empire State Building Is Officially Opening Back Up To Visitors July 20

Though we’ve enjoyed all of its creative light shows throughout the COVID-19 quarantine, the iconic NYC landmark has announced they’re officially opening back up to the public on July 20.

New Yorkers will be able to once again take in panoramic views from the 86th and 102nd floor observation decks from 8am to 11pm every single day (they’ll expand to be open until midnight throughout August).

Of course, there are many new safety measures. You must wear a face covering while visiting, and all visitors will be temperature screened as they walk in. A temperature of lower than 100.4°F is needed for entry. They’ve reduced capacity by 50%, so it will be a lot less crowded, meaning that you should observe the social distancing markers and remain six feet apart from all others not in your party. Workers will wear personal protective equipment (face masks, face shields, gloves), and there will be hand sanitizer stations throughout.

They also are adding some fancy air filtration systems, including a state-of-the-art air purification that improves air quality and reduces the risk of virus transmission as well as a system designed to provide clean air to over 1,600 hourly visitors.

Reservations are now required — you can start purchasing tickets on their website here.

It’s opening the same day that NYC reached Phase 4 of reopening.

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featured image source: Twitter / @EmpireStateBldg