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SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's Space Needle has reopened to visitors after recently completing $1 million in upgrades intended to provide a safer experience during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Operating and Marketing Officer Karen Olson said the skyline-defining tourist attraction, which closed in March, has focused on air quality, sanitation and touchless procedures, The Seattle Times reported.

The Space Needle has installed ultraviolet lights designed to kill airborne viruses and bacteria, a fresh air circulation system in the elevators and reverse-ATM kiosks that will convert cash into card for a more touch-free experience.

"We really focused in on how to have a safer experience, and not just for guests, but for team members and guests," Olson said, adding that they also bought 250,000 surgical masks to hand out more than two months before mask mandates were implemented.

There has been no advertising for the reopening, but some people have already started visiting. New limited hours, ticket information and details about safety measures, including social distancing, are available online.

"This is kind of a new normal for safe air for public spaces," Olson said.

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