Eiffel Tower Reopens After Three-Month Coronavirus Break

PARIS (Reuters) -
A view shows a telescope at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on its reopening day to the public following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Thursday. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

The Eiffel Tower on Thursday welcomed back visitors after the coronavirus outbreak forced the Paris landmark into its longest period out of action since World War II.

Strict hygiene and safety measures have been put in place for the reopening.

Visitors can access the 324-meter high (1,062-foot) tower only via staircases 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 get operations fully back to normal later in the summer.