Eiffel Tower Set To Reopen Next Week, After Longest Shutdown Since World War II

Paris: The Eiffel Tower is set to reopen on June 25 after the longest closure of France’s iconic monument since World War II.

Like most of the world, France went into a lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus in March.

But it won’t be business like usual, at least initially.

The 324-metre (1,063-feet) tall wrought-iron tower won’t immediately welcome visitors the way it did before the country went into lockdown in March.

A limited number of people will be allowed in when the 324-metre (1,063-feet) tall wrought-iron tower opens next week. Elevators to the top won’t be operational, with only the first and second floors being accessible to the public.

Everyone over 11 years old will be required to wear face masks, and crowd control measures will be in place, informed spokeswoman for the tower’s management, Victoria Klahr.

Officials are hoping access will be back to normal by August.

A stringent cleaning operation will be put in place and will be done daily.

“The day cleaning teams will be able to clean all the points of contact every two hours, from the opening of the site to its closing. Tourists planning trips to the City of Light are advised to book tickets to visit the Eiffel Tower online once the ticket office reopens Thursday,” said Eiffel Tower hygiene consultant Alain Miralles.

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