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NYC’s The Vessel Is Set to Reopen, but Solo Visitors Will Not Be Allowed to Enter

by Jori Ayers May 27, 2021

The popular tourist attraction The Vessel at Hudson Yards in New York City is set to reopen this Friday, May 28, 2021, but with restrictions in place.

The Vessel, a 150-feet high viewpoint designed by famed designer Thomas Heatherwick, was closed indefinitely in January after a person committed suicide at the location. Three people have died by suicide at The Vessel in less than one year. The imminent reopening of the attraction comes with strict protocols to keep visitors safe.

Single or solo visitors are no longer allowed. Instead, admissions have created a “buddy system” that will grant entry only to parties of two or more guests. Strict security will be in place at the attraction, and enhanced screening procedures will attempt to “detect high-risk behaviors,” a representative from Hudson Yards owner, Related Companies, told the New York Post.

Along with these changes, at the entrance and on the Vessel tickets, “there will be a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline message developed in partnership with the Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga’s nonprofit mental-wellness organization,” according to USA TODAY.

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