The Eiffel Tower reopened on June 25 but tourists aren’t able to get to the top just yet

  • 27 Jun - 03 Jul, 2020
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The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris reopened on June 25, welcoming visitors back to the structure that defines the city’s skyline after it closed for the longest time since WWII due to COVID-19. The tower opened at 10 a.m. on June 25 and visitors 11 years old and older were required to wear masks. Initially, only the Eiffel Tower’s stairs were open, allowing people to climb to the first and second floors. The top of the tower, accessible by elevator, was not to be opened. As per the attraction’s website, in order to ensure social distancing, people will walk up by one pillar and go down another and capacity will be limited. Public spaces on the tower will also be cleaned and disinfected daily. The tower, which was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and stands at 1,063 feet tall, was closed for more than three months as France battled the coronavirus – the longest the tower has been shut since WWII. Earlier this month, another Parisian icon, the Musée du Louvre, said it will reopen on July 6, requiring visitors to wear a mask inside as well as book time slots in advance. The adjacent Tuileries Gardens reopened on May 31.