The Empire State Building’s observatory is reopening on July 20, but at a sharply reduced capacity to protect visitors from the coronavirus.
Visitors will be required to undergo a temperature screening and will not be admitted if it exceeds 100.4°F. They will also be required to wear face masks throughout the visit.
The observatory will be open initially from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and allow 500 visitors at a time, or about 20% of its usual capacity. The reduced capacity allows a spacing of 18 feet between groups.
Visitors will need to purchase timed tickets in advance. Prices for the 86th-floor observatory only start at $44 for adults, $36 for children and $40 for seniors. Tickets for both the 86th and 102nd floors are $72 for adults, $66 for children and $70 for seniors.
Certain interactive exhibits, including those with binoculars, will remain closed.
“We have taken measures with signage, distancing markers, hand sanitizers, and cleaning; beyond anything any retailer or public space we have surveyed,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, the observatory’s president, in a statement.
Empire State Realty Trust, which operates the observatory, gave it a $165 million makeover that was completed in December. A separate entrance for observatory visitors and a new air filtration system were among the changes.
The 70,000-square-foot observatory, on the 86th and 102nd floors, has been closed since March.