Europe’s most popular landmark has finally reopened

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France reopened the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 25, after closing its doors for 104 days, the Associated Press reports

The historic landmark opens as France continues to lift restrictions, as long as cases continue to have a downward trajectory. According to the New York Times, average daily positive COVID-19 tests in the country have stayed below 1,000 since May 30. France has lifted all restrictions on internal travel, and schools, shops, and restaurants have begun to reopen. France still has a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people, and masks are required on public transportation, according to the Times

For now, the Eiffel Tower is still not accessible to the disabled or the faint of heart. For safety reasons, the elevator that usually lifts visitors to the top of the 1,000-foot monument is still closed, according to the AP. To enjoy the iconic views from the two decks reopened, visitors must walk up 674 steps. Masks are required for all over the age of 11. 

However, that hasn’t stopped Parisians and tourists alike from visiting the landmark. 

“I booked the first slot because afterward, it will be very hot,” Sabine Peaufils, a 57-year-old local, told the AP. “This is a real pleasure.”

There’s one other group of people who may not be visiting the Eiffel Tower anytime soon: Americans. 

On Wednesday, the BBC reported that European Union ambassadors might ban travelers from the U.S. when they reopen external borders later this summer, because of the upward trajectory of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Brazil and Russia are two other countries the E.U. might ban. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not rule out a ban on U.S. residents traveling internationally, according to the BBC. 

“We certainly don’t want to reopen in a way that jeopardizes the United States from people traveling here, and we certainly don’t want to cause problems anyplace else,” Pompeo said.

Sources: AP, New York Times, BBC 

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