Eiffel Tower reopens after a three-month coronavirus break

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The Eiffel Tower on Thursday welcomed back visitors after the coronavirus outbreak forced the Paris landmark into its longest period out of action since World War Two.

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Strict hygiene and safety measures have been put in place for the re-opening.

Visitors take a selfie from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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Visitors can access the 324 meters high (1,062 feet) tower only via staircases until early July, with elevators off-limits for the time being because of safety considerations.

People queue up prior to visit the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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In addition, visitors are not allowed to go any higher than the second floor of the tower, and anyone over the age of 11 is required to wear a face covering.

Managers say they hope to get operations fully back to normal later in the summer.

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