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Paris to reopen Eiffel Tower in July

Paris to reopen Eiffel Tower in July
The Eiffel Tower closed in March 2020 and again in October as COVID-19 spread throughout the country. File Photo by Eco Clement/UPI | License Photo

May 22 (UPI) -- The Eiffel Tower, perhaps one of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks in the world, will reopen in July after it was shuttered for a second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Paris officials announced.

"Who has never dreamed of seeing Paris spread out 900 feet below them? The Eiffel Tower summit will reopen on 15 July, and make this dream a reality once again," a statement on the tower's website reads.

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The landmark was first closed in March, and then again in October amid efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

France has reported 5.58 million cases of COVID-19 and 108,437 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The country hit a peak of daily cases in November, before having another springtime wave that has since declined.

The Eiffel Tower will reduce elevator capacities between the second and third floors of the structure to half and will allow 250 on the summit platform at a time. Visitors will be required to wear masks and respect social distancing requirements.

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