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A street vendor displays miniatures of the Eiffel Tower outside of the closed monument in Paris. The iconic structure has been closed for more than three months since March.
A street vendor displays miniatures of the Eiffel Tower outside of the closed monument in Paris. The iconic structure has been closed for more than three months since March.   -   Copyright  Francois Mori/AP Photo

Eiffel Tower set to reopen after its longest closure since WWII

France's emblematic Eiffel Tower is set to end its longest closure since World War II when it reopens to the public on Thursday (June 25).

The return of visitors to the Paris landmark is a sign things are getting back to normal in the country after its COVID-19 lockdown.

But normality won't fully return to the tower just yet. It will reopen with restrictions, including fewer visitors being allowed in, a one-way system and the third floor — the least spacious level — being off-limits.

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Alain Miralles, a hygiene consultant, takes a sample for analysis during a presentation of the security measures at the Eiffel Tower before its reopeningFrancois Mori/AP Photo
Francois Mori/AP Photo
Stairs at the Eiffel Tower have stickers on them to try and keep visitors apartFrancois Mori/AP Photo
Francois Mori/AP Photo
Patrick Branco Ruivo, director of the Eiffel Tower, is pictured wearing a face mask ahead of the Paris landmark's reopening on Thursday.Francois Mori/AP Photo
Francois Mori/AP Photo
A model of an old lift operator at the Eiffel TowerFrancois Mori/AP Photo
Francois Mori/AP Photo
A worker at the Eiffel Tower ahead of its reopening on ThursdayFrancois Mori/AP Photo
Francois Mori/AP Photo
Graffiti reading "Place to Kiss" is seen on the first floor of the Eiffel TowerFrancois Mori/AP Photo
Francois Mori/AP Photo
The Eiffel Tower is set to reopen on Thursday after its longest closure since World War IIFrancois Mori/AP Photo
Francois Mori/AP Photo
Stickers on the ground at the Eiffel Tower to keep visitors apartFrancois Mori/AP Photo

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