Eif­fel Tower re­opens to vis­i­tors with strict coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions

Iran Daily - - Arts & Culture -

Tourists and Parisians are now once again able to ad­mire the view of the French cap­i­tal from the Eif­fel Tower af­ter a three-month clo­sure due to the coro­n­avirus – but only if they take the stairs.

Two in time for the sum­mer sea­son, but with lim­ited visi­tor num­bers at first, and manda­tory face masks for all over the age of 11, said the Eif­fel Tower web­site.

The first vis­i­tors were al­lowed in on Thurs­day, a sym­bolic mo­ment as France be­gins to ten­ta­tively open up to tourism af­ter the virus shut­down. Jour­nal­ists from around the world were on hand as about 50 vis­i­tors, mainly French, pre­pared to make the steep climb.

Ea­ger tourists have been able to grab their tick­ets since June 18, when the on­line ticket of­fice opened.

“To en­sure that as­cend­ing and de­scend­ing vis­i­tors do not meet in the stairs, as­cent will take place from the East pil­lar and de­scent by the West pil­lar,” said the op­er­a­tor, with a lim­ited num­ber of vis­i­tors per floor at a time.

The top level will re­main closed, “since the lifts tak­ing vis­i­tors from sec­ond to top floor are small. It might re­open dur­ing the sum­mer.”

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