New Yorkers are being welcomed back to (safely) visit the Statue of Liberty, as the National Parks Service announced a partial reopening of Liberty Island.
When the first-phase reopening begins Monday, July 20, park-goers will have access to the following areas:
—The grounds of Liberty (Liberty Information Center and Statue of Liberty Museum are closed)
Anyone hoping to climb up to Lady Liberty’s crown will have to wait for a later phase of reopening; the inside of the statue is off limits for now. Outdoor spaces, however, are open to visitors willing to exercise proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In other words, remember to observe social distancing and wear that mask.
Park officials are taking safety precautions, such as reducing visitor capacity on ferries to the islands, posting social-distancing signage, installing hand-sanitizing stations and frequently disinfecting and sanitizing public surfaces.
If you’re planning on sailing out to the islands, it’s recommended that you buy an advance ferry ticket to avoid the lines at Battery Park. The park is open from 8:30a to 6:45p daily.