Eiffel Tower Reopens to Tourists

The Eiffel Tower has reopened for tourists after nine months, its longest closure since World War II.

The renowned Parisian landmark has been closed to visitors for the past nine months due to limitations imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic but will reopen on Friday.

Daily capacity has been set at 13,000 individuals, but to maintain the social distancing, it will only accommodate roughly half of the normal level.

Starting Wednesday next week, visitors will need to present either proof of vaccination or a negative test, in line with recent government-imposed requirements.

“Obviously, it’s an additional operational complication, but it’s manageable,” the head of the operating company, Jean-François Martins, said. 

According to Martins, “almost total absence” British tourists are reserving tickets, whereas 15 percent are Americans. 

So yet, only a few Asian tourists have made reservations.

Half of the visitors are expected to be French, while Italians and Spanish make up a higher proportion than usual.

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