The Eiffel Tower Is Reopening on June 25 but Tourists Won't Be Able to Get to the Top Just Yet (Video)
The top of the tower, accessible by elevator, will not be open.
The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris is set to reopen later this month, welcoming visitors back to the structure that defines the city’s skyline after it closed for the longest time since WWII due to COVID-19.
The tower will open at 10 a.m. on June 25 and visitors 11 years old and older will be required to wear masks. Initially, only the Eiffel Tower’s stairs will be open, allowing people to climb to the first and second floors. The top of the tower, accessible by elevator, will not be open.
“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,” read an announcement from the attraction's website. “The top level remains closed for now since the lifts taking visitors from second to top floor are small. It might re-open during the summer.”
In order to ensure social distancing, people will walk up by one pillar and go down another and capacity will be limited. Public spaces on the tower will also be cleaned and disinfected daily.
The tower, which was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and stands at 1,063 feet tall, has been closed for more than three months as France battled the coronavirus -- the longest the tower has been shut since WWII.
France has recorded more than 191,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 29,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. But France is at the bottom of its curve with hospitalizations and the number of people in intensive care decreasing over the last few weeks, The New York Times reported.
Last month, France started lifting restrictions and on June 2, the country went further, allowing many restaurants, bars, and cafes to open along with swimming pools, beaches, and museums.
Earlier this month, another Parisian icon, the Musée du Louvre, said it will reopen on July 6, requiring visitors to wear a mask inside as well as book time slots in advance. The adjacent Tuileries Gardens reopened on May 31.