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After A Nine Month Hiatus Due To Covid The Eiffel Tower Reopens For The First Time Since Wwii

After the longest closure since World War II due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Eiffel Tower reopened to guests today for the first time in nine months.

The ‘Iron Lady’ lifts are poised to reopen, bringing tourists to the 1,000-foot top after a long period of inactivity due to the pandemic.

The world’s most visited paid monument, which receives more than 7 million guests each year, will only accept a restricted number of visitors.

The world’s most visited paid monument, which attracts almost 7 million tourists each year, will admit visitors on a limited basis. Daily capacity will be limited to 13,000 people, about half of the typical level, to preserve social distance.

In addition, beginning next week, visitors will be required to produce proof of vaccination or a negative test, in accordance with current government mandates.

‘Clearly, it’s an additional operational complication, but it’s workable,’ said Jean-Francois Martins, the head of the operating business.

He stated that the ‘woman is ready’ after a final round of safety inspections by employees.

Early ticket purchases during the summer vacation period highlight how the tourism industry in Paris has altered as a result of travel limitations.

According to Martins, there was an “virtually complete absence” of British ticket holders, while barely 15% were Americans and only a few were Asians.

The Eiffel Tower has returned to guests for the first time in nine months, after being closed for the longest period since World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic. Half of the visitors are expected to be French, while Italians and Spaniards will make up a larger proportion than usual.

The protracted shutdown has wreaked havoc on the finances of Sete, the management firm that manages the monument on behalf of the city of Paris.

It plans to seek extra government assistance as well as a new 60-million-euro capital injection to stay afloat after seeing its sales drop by 75% to 25 million euros in 2020.

The architect Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece has also been plagued by issues related to its most recent paint job, the 20th since its erection in 1889.

Construction on the site was halted in February after high levels of lead were discovered, posing a health danger to workers.

Testing is still going on, and painting won’t start until the autumn, so scaffolding and safety netting are covering a portion of the facade.

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