PARIS:Eiffel Tower Declared Open

Eiffel Tower to open with visitors initially walking up The Eiffel Tower will be open from 10am local time to visitors willing to walk up one of its pillars, as France eases its coronavirus lockdown to make the most of its peak summer period in a year when the economy has been hit by coronavirus.

For the first week visitors will have to use the stairs. Lifts are due to open from July 1, taking a limited number to the second floor, and opening hours will then be extended to the evening. Online booking opened on June 18. The tourist attraction has been closed for about three months as part of France’s coronavirus lockdown.

“Visitors will go up from the East pillar stairs access and down by the West pillar stairs access, so that they don’t cross each other,” the tower’s website said. Masks will be compulsory for visitors from 11 years old. “The top floor will open later during the summer, depending on how the situation evolves,” the website said.

Paris’s symbolic iron beacon, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year, relayed evening messages of support, thanks and encouragement to citizens and key workers during March and May when the Covid-19 outbreak was at its peak in France.

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