For the past few weeks, Philadelphia has been slowly but surely reopening, and many have begun to venture back out to take advantage of the sunny season in the city. However, there are still some risks out there, and many people are still a bit wary to leave home. That’s where One Liberty Observation Deck can step in. The well-known tourist attraction has been popular for years and has driven a crowd from all over the country and the world for its unparalleled views of the City of Brotherly Love. And after reopening last week to the public, the attraction offers more than just a method for visitors to see Philly in a heightened way, it now offers a safe and healthy experience for all to indulge in and feel on top of the world after some low times.
Since closing their doors back in March, the team at One Liberty Philadelphia Observation Deck has been working to ensure that when they could reopen, they would be able to do so safely. That notion is implied as soon as you walk in. After buying and securing tickets either online or at the front desk (although online is encouraged) guests will see stickers on the floor encouraging and directing social distancing as well as a basket of masks by the registers there for guests who may need one. Entering the facility without a mask is prohibited.
Throughout the exhibit, more safety precautions have also been put in place, and staff members, who will also be undergoing their own health screening and training before starting work, will also be on-site to help direct guests through the experience safely. One Liberty Observation Deck will reduce capacity, has installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the space for the use of both guests and team members, replaced their HVAC and filters, are providing touchless transaction options and also underwent intense cleaning while closed down. All employees have also been supplied with a “clean key” to wear around their necks to be able to access any information from a touch screen, so guests will not have to attempt to touch any surface that’s not necessary.
Things may look a little different at the popular attraction as well. For the most part, the key components and beautiful views will be in place at One Liberty Observation Deck, but other amenities such as the photo booth, board games and some popular events such as sunrise yoga and the art show in partnership with Jerk Productions have, for now, been put on hold. However, some of the art pieces are still on display in the lobby before entering onto the elevators right by the massive sculpture of Benjamin Franklin’s feet—you’ll see his head once you get to the top—and the space can still be booked for certain events such as small weddings or sunset toasts.
However, there will be a new photo exhibition opening later this month at the Deck. According to a release, the “New Beginnings” photo exhibition will be available to view and purchase, online and in person. The exhibition will feature local photographers who have been documenting the “awakening” of Philadelphia, and a portion of the proceeds from on-site sales of the photos will also be donated to Black Lives Matter Philly.
With the reopening also comes a new way to experience the deck, so even if you have gotten to visit before, the attraction will still feel new. Recently, new viewpoints have been added to the general tour up on the 57th floor. Visitors will now get to learn more about the Northeastern part of the city, including a closer look at the Aces Museum in Germantown and other unique and meaningful locations. Other familiar favorites from around the city will still be on the tour as well, solidifying the notion that the Observation Deck really does offer a heightened view of the City of Brotherly Love.
However, if you’re still feeling wary about traveling to a public location, there is a virtual way to enjoy the exhibit still simply by visiting the One Liberty Observation Deck’s official website. There, guests can take a virtual tour and also get a 360 view.
According to the release, in addition to modified procedures, One Liberty Philadelphia Observation Deck will update their hours of operation. The Observation Deck will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with final guests entering the Observation Deck at 6:30 p.m., an additional hour will be added started July 24, with final guests entering the Observation Deck at 7:30 p.m. Also, to celebrate the reopening, throughout July, all tickets will be 10% off and visitors will also receive one complimentary admission for a child (ages 3-11) with the purchase of one adult ticket—the child must be present to receive promotional offer.
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