After being temporarily closed to visitors for three months, one of the most iconic and frequented landmarks in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower, is reopening to the public today.
The closure is the longest that the Tower has been inaccessible since World War II, according to the venue’s official website.
Online ticket sales became available on June 18 for visits from June 25 until July 31. Visits between June 25 and June 30 will only be accessible by the stairs. Then, from July 1 onwards, visitors may be able to use the elevators at very limited capacity.
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Visiting hours will also be extended into the evening starting today. “We highly recommend our visitors to book online their tickets in advance in order to avoid the wait at the ticket office on the spot and to enjoy the best visiting experience,” the Tower’s website explains.
There is also a limited “Special Family Offer” between July 1 and August 3, with 50% off the ticket price for children aged four to 11, so they can “(re)discover” the Eiffel Tower. As well, adhering to the usual rule, children under the age of four can enter for free.
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Visitors will also be required to adhere to an updated set of health and safety measures. These procedures include the mandatory wearing of facial coverings for guests aged 11 and older, limited capacity for guests on the esplanade as well as in elevators, and “significant signage” to illustrate physical distancing measures.
There will also be daily sterilizations and disinfecting of public areas at the Tower. For visitors coming between the dates of June 25 and June 30, when only stair usage is permitted, they will go up from the East pillar and down by the West pillar to ensure that groups do not come in contact with one another.
The top floor of the Tower will open later in the summer, “depending on how the situation evolves,” the site explains.