Staircases only: Eiffel Tower welcomes back tourists today

Staircases only: Eiffel Tower welcomes back tourists today

The most famous Paris landmark forced by COVID-19 pandemic into its longest period out of action since the Second World War, re-opened to visitors on Thursday.

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The Eiffel Tower today welcomed back tourists with strict hygiene and safety measures in place for the re-opening.

Visitors now can access the 324-meters-high (1,062 feet) tower, via staircases only until early July, with elevators off-limits for the time-being, because of safety considerations.

In addition, visitors are not allowed to go any higher than the second floor of the tower, and anyone over the age of 11 is required to wear a face covering.

Managers say they hope to restore operations fully back to normal later in the summer.

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