Eiffel Tower to reopen on June 25 to limited visitors
The Eiffel Tower, one of the most visited places in Paris, will reopen to the public on June 25 after a three-month-long lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus outbreak.
According to the Eiffel Tower website, the 10-ton metal landmark will emerge from its longest closure since World War II with small numbers of visitors at first, and face masks compulsory for all ages 11.
“At first, only visits by the stairs will be available,” and not by elevator, it said.
“To ensure that ascending and descending visitors do not meet in the stairs, the ascent will take place from the East pillar and descent by the West pillar,” added the website, with a limited number of visitors per floor at a time.
The top-level will remain closed for now, “since the lifts taking visitors from second to the top floor are small. It might re-open during the summer.”
The statement said ground markings will be put in place to ensure people keep their distance from one another, with “daily cleaning and disinfection of public spaces at the tower.”
France’s tourism industry, with hotels , restaurants, museums, and theaters closed under lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, has suffered a huge loss.
These included some of the most famous landmarks in the French capital, such as the Louvre museum due to reopen on July 6 and the Versailles Palace which opened on Saturday.
“The re-opening date of our online ticket office will be soon communicated,” said the Eiffel website.