The Eiffel Tower, the famous sight of Paris, will reopen on July 16 after being closed for more than seven months due to the new crown. Ticket reservations began on June 1. The operator said: after the reopening, it will be business as usual at the Tower ticket office.
The Eiffel Tower has been closed since October 30, 2020 due to the new crown epidemic, with a loss of 52 million euros last year. This year’s losses are expected to be even heavier, at 70 million euros.
The operator in charge (SETE) Maltan (Jean-François Martins) said: the tower elevator passenger capacity will be controlled at 25% of the normal capacity. This summer, the tower’s daily capacity can reach 10,000 people, the same as last summer’s visitors, but far from the 25,000 daily visitors before the New Crown outbreak.
Visitors will be able to visit each floor except for the third floor, which is being restored and is not open to the public. The painting project in anticipation of the 2024 Olympics was temporarily suspended due to excessive lead levels on the surface of the last paint job and inside the artifacts. The head of the operator (SETE) Mardin said that no further painting works will be scheduled until this fall.
To ensure public safety, the operating company has increased the intensity and frequency of monitoring, with 50 testing points in the past and now 70; inspections are conducted once a week. This painting project from early 2019 to November 2022, with a budget of 50 million euros, welcomes the Paris Olympics in 2024.
The Louvre has reopened
In addition, the Louvre Museum in Paris has reopened to the public on May 19, after being closed for almost seven months.
The Louvre, one of the world’s most popular museums with approximately 10 million visitors per year, has only been open for four months since March 2020 due to the effects of the New Crown epidemic.
To comply with the epidemic prevention measures, visitors must book Louvre tickets online and must wear a mask during their visit.
On the 19th, many people were lining up outside the Louvre to get ready to enter the tour, with signs on the floor noting signs reminding visitors to keep a social distance and most people wearing masks.