Eiffel Tower opens for business - with coronavirus restrictions
The Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most emblematic monument, began welcoming tourists and locals on Thursday after a three-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But visitors will have to take the stairs.
he first visitors were allowed in at 10am Thursday and the more energetic ones began the 600 steps up to the second floor.
The lifts will be out of bounds until 1 July, to make sure people respect the physical distancing regulations to limit the risk of infection.
For the time being, the top level of the Paris landmark is off limits to the public “since the lifts taking visitors from second to top floor are small” said the Eiffel Tower website adding that “it might reopen during the summer”.
Paris-lovers can once again admire the view of #France's 🇫🇷 capital from the #EiffelTower after its three month #coronavirus closure – but only if they take the stairs— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) June 25, 2020
Visitors were welcomed back at @LaTourEiffel from 10am today to climb the 674 steps to the second floor pic.twitter.com/jXMbSzW00d
Ground markings will be in place to make sure people keep their distance, with “daily cleaning and disinfection of public spaces at the tower”.
France is one of the most visited countries in the world, with an average of seven million visitors every year.
France opened its borders to other European countries on 15 June and the tourism industry is banking on foreign tourists returning in large numbers.
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