Eiffel Tower is now open for tourists and the people of France. It was closed for three months due to the pandemic. But the visitors will only have to take the stairs.
However, visitors will have to wait till July 1 to take the lifts. As the famous monument is not operating the lifts to keep distance between people and limit the risk of infection.
No Top View For Some Time
The very top of the Eiffel Tower will still remain closed for the public for now.
The approximately 10,100-ton metal landmark will emerge from its longest closure since World War Two in time for the summer season. However, with limited visitor numbers at first and mandatory face masks for all over the age of 11.
The first batch of visitors will be entering at 10:00 am. It is an accomplishment for the country to reopen the tourism attractions after the virus lockdown.
However, most of the tourists have bought their tickets since June 18, when it reopened the online ticket office for the public.
“To ensure that ascending and descending visitors do not meet in the stairs, the ascent will take place from the East pillar ad decent by the West pillar,” said the operator, with a limited number of visitors per floor at a time.
However, the top-level will remain closed, “since the lifts taking visitors from the second to the top floor are small. It might reopen during the summer.”
For maintaining social distancing there will be ground markings, which will ensure people keep a distance from each other. The operator said, “daily cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces at the tower.”
At Eiffel Tower, they are encouraging people to buy tickets online so they do not have to wait at the Tower’s ticket office.
This magnificent monument from 1889 receives almost seven million visitors every year. However, around three-quarters of the visitors is from international destinations.
The Most Popular Destination
Certainly, France is one of the most popular and most visited countries in the world. However, the France tourism industry is the hardest hit as tourists from international countries are not coming. And France also did not allow international tourists for three months.
The coronavirus pandemic caused all tourism activities at a halt. The country’s hotels, restaurants, museums, cinemas, and theaters were not operating for three months. Consequently, it affected the country’s economy hugely.
Other Tourist Attractions
The French capital’s most famous landmarks such as the Louvre museum will reopen on July 6. However, the nearby Palace of Versailles reopened earlier in June.
Reopening of Borders
On June 15, France removed restrictions at European borders. The country’s tourism industry is optimistic that foreign visitors will soon return back to France as the summer season is around the corner.
As the UK has imposed a 14-day quarantine restriction. Consequently, France is imposing the same two weeks quarantine restriction for visitors coming from Britain to France.
Travelers coming from Spain will also have to quarantine for 14-day self-quarantine. However, countries from Europe will not have to follow the 14-day quarantine restriction.