Eiffel Tower reopening Thursday after longest closure since WWII
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The Eiffel Tower reopened on Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic shut it down in mid-March, creating the longest closure of the iconic French landmark since World War II.

Only visits via the stairs will be available through the end of the month and the elevators will begin transporting a limited number of guests starting on July 1.

Visitors will only have access to the first and second floors upon reentry. The top tier — the smallest, most cramped area — is set to reopen later in the summer, depending how the pandemic evolves.

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All visitors over the age of 11 will be required to wear face masks and ground markings will indicate mandated social distancing measures.

The public spaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily, according to the tower’s website.

The Eiffel Tower first announced its closure on March 13. 

Since the onset of the pandemic, there have been 197,885 confirmed coronavirus cases and 29,734 deaths in France, according to a database from Johns Hopkins University.