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Eiffel Tower reopens; COVID passes required as of next week


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While the French government made new virus rules this week to control the fast-spreading delta variant of the virus, the Eiffel Tower reopens Friday for the first time in nine months.

The “Iron Lady” of Paris was ordered shut in October as France battled its second virus surge of the pandemic. The tower remained shut for renovations even after most of France’s major tourist draws reopened last month.

Its reopening comes four days after President Emmanuel Macron announced new measures to ward off a fourth surge, including mandatory vaccinations for health workers and mandatory COVID-19 passes to enter restaurants and venues such as the Eiffel Tower.

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Starting Wednesday, all visitors to the monument over age 18 will need to show a pass proving they’ve been fully vaccinated, had a negative virus test or recently recovered from COVID-19.

Authority will limit the number of daily visitors to the tower to 10,000 a day instead of 25,000.

France has opened to international tourists this summer, but the rules vary widely depending on which country they are coming from. The number of visitors has been nowhere near normal levels, given continued border restrictions and virus risks.

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