Eiffel Tower to reopen after coronavirus closure
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The Eiffel Tower is expected to reopen to tourists next week after the coronavirus pandemic shut it down in March, the French landmark’s longest closure since World War II.

The tower will reopen at limited capacity June 25, with elevators to the top out of service. Visitors will only have access to the first and second floors upon reentry, The Associated Press reported.

“At first, only visits by the stairs will be available,” Victoria Klahr, a spokeswoman for the tower’s management, said Tuesday, according to the AP. “We are optimistic that visitor numbers will pick up, even if it will likely be local tourists who visit the monument in the first weeks.”

The tower will also impose crowd control measures and require masks for every visitor over 11 years old, according to the AP.

Hygiene consultant Alain Miralles said the tower will also implement new deep-cleaning procedures to safeguard against the spread of the virus.

“There is a new protocol," he told the AP. "The day cleaning teams will be able to clean all the points of contact every two hours, from the opening of the site to its closing.”

Tourism to the city has fall about 80 percent year over year since lockdown measures took effect in March, but the tower hopes to have resumed normal access by August, according to the AP.

The Eiffel Tower first announced its closure March 13, with management saying in a statement “In the context of the COVID-19 outbreak and due to the government health measures announced today, the Eiffel Tower will be closed today from 9pm, for an indefinite period of time.”