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PARIS, June 25 (KUNA) — The world-famous Eiffel Tower monument in the French capital re-opened to tourists Thursday after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus lockdown, the monument announced on its website.
In 35-degree Celsius temperatures brave, local tourists climbed the two floors of the Eiffel Tower that have been re-opened.
Elevator use is restricted to respect health recommendations on social distancing so ascension required only the hardy and relatively fit French tourists to take part in the re-opening.
Travel to and from France is still extremely limited because of coronavirus rules requiring quarantines on the one hand, and an absence of air and rail links on the other, thus foreign tourism has dwindled to nothing.
The travel situation is likely to improve somewhat in the coming weeks as European countries open up to other EU partners in the Schengen area, but travel with countries outside of this area will only be reviewed sometime in August and will depend on global health conditions.
France is the most visited country in the world, with over 90 million visitors every year, with almost 40 million of them coming to Paris and several million of those visiting the Eiffel Tower.
The re-opening of the famous tourist site on Thursday follows the re-opening of the Louvre Museum and other museums as well as other cultural and entertainment sites this past week.
Similarly, the much-visited Disneyland Paris theme park said that it will open some of its rides and hotels beginning mid-July.