New York's Empire State Building observatory will reopen

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The Empire State Building in New York City. The tower's observatory is reopening July 20.
The Empire State Building in New York City. The tower's observatory is reopening July 20.

The Empire State Building observatory will reopen to visitors July 20.

Ahead of the reopening, the attraction will train employees on new protocols to comply with New York state's Phase 4 guidelines.

The 70-square-foot observatory, comprising the building's 86th and 102nd floors, will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will limit capacity to 500 guests, according to a statement from Empire State Realty Trust, which it said represents a number "well below" the state's capacity guidelines of 25% or less.

Guests will undergo a contactless temperature check and will be required to wear facial coverings.

"The reduced capacity and lack of tourists from out of town will create a unique 'New York for New Yorkers' experience," said Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, president and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust.

The observatory completed a $165 million renovation in December.

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