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Tourists and Parisians will from Thursday be able to admire the view of the French capital from the Eiffel Tower after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus – but only if they take the stairs.

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Visitors to the citys most famous monument wont be able to take the lifts until July 1, to ensure a safe distance between people to limit infection risk.

The very top of the iconic monument will remain off limits to the public for now.

The approximately 10,100-tonne metal landmark will emerge from its longest closure since World War Two in time for the summer season, but with limited visitor numbers at first, and mandatory face masks for all over the age of 11, said the Eiffel Tower website.

The first visitors will be allowed in from 10:00am (0800 GMT), a symbolic moment as France begins to tentatively open up to tourism after the virus shutdown.

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🇫🇷 J'aurai le plaisir de vous accueillir à nouveau à partir du 25 juin ! 😃 Des mesures particulières sont mises en place pour assurer votre sécurité 👇

🇬🇧 I'll be glad to welcome you again from June 25th! 😃Specific measures are put in place to ensure your safety 👇

— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) June 9, 2020

Eager tourists have been able to grab their tickets since June 18, when the online ticket office opened.

“To ensure that ascending and descending visitors do not meet in the stairs, ascent will take place from the East pillar and descent by the West pillar,” said the operator, with a limited number of visitors per floor at a time.

The top level will remain closed, “since the lifts taking visitors from second to top floor are small. It might reopen during the summer.”

Gradual return of tourism

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