Your health and safety is our top priority. Read about our COVID-19 policies below. A reminder: Face masks are always required while at the World Trade Center.
Never leave your belongings unattended. Carry wallets, handbags, and backpacks securely. Use the inside pocket of a jacket or the front pocket of your pants.
It’s important to have an idea of where exits and staircases are in any open area.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often confront people who appear distracted, so notice those who notice you.
All areas of the Oculus, including those frequently touched by customers, are cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day using EPA-approved and CDC-endorsed disinfectants.
The Oculus has a state-of-the-art, multi-layered air filtration system that uses High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The system was installed in the Oculus upon its opening in 2016.
Public restrooms are open at the following locations in the Oculus.
Open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Sunday:
Open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Saturday and 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sunday:
*Includes family restroom
Open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday
Open 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday
We’ve taken measures to increase space between customers in lines and waiting areas throughout the Oculus. Arrow decals and instructional signage encourage customers to stay to the right when traveling on stairs, while riding escalators, and while waiting to board elevators.
Entry/Exit Doors: Green (entry) arrows and red (no entry) symbols placed on doors throughout the Oculus help customers maintain physical distance while entering and exiting the facility.
Elevators: Floor footprint decals are placed in every elevator in the Oculus to show the recommended number of customers per elevator and where customers should stand. Our elevators range in square footage, so you'll find anywhere from two to five decals depending on the elevator size. Before boarding an elevator, blue and white decals show where to stand, line up, and wait (if necessary).
Please let customers who need to ride the elevators to do so first. Whenever possible, we encourage customers to use stairs or escalators instead.
Escalators: Pink floor decals show where to line up for escalators. Please allow for four steps between you and other riders, and allow only one person per step. While riding an escalator, listen for audio announcements that remind customers of these distancing protocols.
Stairs: Blue floor decals show where to line up for stairs and provide distancing cues that encourage customers to maintain appropriate physical distances from one another while going up and down the stairs.
Retail: Black and white footprint floor decals placed six feet apart show where to stand and line up before entering Westfield Shops and Dining retailers.
Touchless hand sanitizer stations are installed throughout the Oculus, focusing on frequent touchpoint locations including next to elevators, escalators, stairs, entrances, and exits.
The World Trade Center is protected for fire and life safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our approach to fire and life safety includes the following measures:
When visiting the World Trade Center campus, rest assured that the Port Authority Police Department and a world-class security team are here to help if you require any assistance.
Around the campus you may encounter personnel and police officers from:
They are all here for the benefit of your security and safety. Feel free to approach them and speak with them should you have any questions, concerns, or if you need assistance.
While you visit, if you should see anything that concerns you, please let the Port Authority Police know by calling:
The Port Authority Police Counter-Terrorism Hotline
The Port Authority Police World Trade Center Command
or by reporting your concerns to a nearby police officer or security agent.
Remember, in an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Such concerning matters may include:
Port Authority Police Department World Trade Center Command
If you see something that concerns you, call:
Port Authority Police
To report spills, leaks, or other pressing maintenance issues:
We require that visitors abide by the rules and regulations that are posted throughout the campus and which are also available at the links below.
Learn more about our safety tips and how you can become an active participant in safety awareness.
Please review our frequently asked questions.