Eiffel Tower in Paris reopens after a three-month closure

The word "Merci", the French word for 'Thank you", is emblazoned on the Eiffel Tower as France's coronavirus death toll continued to climb, in Paris, Friday, March 27, 2020. Health workers fighting to save lives in France from COVID-19 have received a huge show of gratitude, from the Eiffel Tower. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death

The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris reopened on Thursday to visitors after a three-month closure, the longest since World War Two, due to the COVID-19 pandemic

But the Paris monument isn’t returning to normal operations just yet, said a BBC news report.

Visitor numbers will be limited, face coverings mandatory for anyone aged over 11, and everywhere above the second floor will be closed to the public.

To soak in the sights of the iconic monument, visitors will also have to use the stairs since lifts are out of use until July 1.

The tower completed in 1889, hosts around seven million visitors every year, approximately three-quarters of them from abroad, according to its website.

Meanwhile, one of the French capital’s other famous landmarks, the Louvre is slated to reopen on July 6.

France lifted travel restrictions at European borders on June 15.

As of Thursday, France has reported a total of 197,885 COVID-19 cases, with 29,734 deaths.

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