Two of France's most popular attractions are reopening for visitors

Jun 11 2020, 9:00 am

Two of the biggest tourist attractions in France will be open to the public as of this month.

The first, the Palace and Estate of Versailles, already reopened to visitors on June 6 with new health and safety measures under the advisement of government and health authorities.

The palace is welcoming guests during its usual operating hours, and visitors must book in advance and select a specific time to be permitted entry. As well, all visitors over the age of 11 must bring and wear a facial covering to adhere to government regulations. Individuals must bring their own masks, as none will be sold or distributed on-site, the official Palace of Versailles website explains.

Additionally, arguably the most popular attraction in the city, if not the entire country, the Eiffel Tower will also officially be welcoming visitors back from June 25 after three months of being temporarily closed. This is the longest closure of the tower since World War II, the official website explains.

Similar to the Palace of Versailles, all guests over the age of 11 must wear a facial covering. As well, during the initial reopening period, visitors will only be able to access the tower by the stairs.

“As the situation evolves, the lifts taking our visitors to the second floor can be quickly put back into service under appropriate conditions, with a very limited number of persons on-board,” the site describes. The top level of the tower will remain temporarily closed since the elevators that transport visitors from the second to the top floor are small.

 

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It may reopen in the summer, according to the site.

Only a limited number of visitors will be permitted on the esplanade and on each floor at any given time, and there will be “significant signage” to enforce physical distancing measures.

All public areas at the tower will undergo daily cleaning and disinfection.

The reopening date for the online ticket office service has not yet been communicated but will be soon, the site explains. Visitors are strongly encouraged to opt for this option as a means of avoiding wait times at the attraction’s ticket offices.

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