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After remaining closed for more than three months, owing to France’s coronavirus lockdown, the Eiffel Tower is all set to reopen on June 25. This has been the longest duration it has been closed since World War II. This time, there will be certain protocols in place for all visitors.
The elevator will be out of bounds since it can act as a medium for the virus to spread. Instead, people will have to take the stairs (so wear sensible shoes!). In order to go up, stairs near the East pillar will be used and for going down, one must use the stairs near the West pillar. This is in order to minimise crowds, and avoid contact between those ascending and descending.
All public spaces in the tower will undergo regular sanitisation and disinfecting. Anyone above the age of 11 is required to wear a mask before they are allowed entry. Furthermore, in order to help people and guide them, ground markings will be set up at regular intervals in the tower. Since the elevators that go from the second floor to the top are small, it shall remain inaccessible to visitors as of now. Authorities may plan to reopen it during the summer after making necessary changes.
Officials have also said that the tickets will soon be made available online thereby encouraging people to adopt contactless payment.
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