Eiffel Tower reopens; COVID passes required as of next week

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The Eiffel Tower is reopening for the first time in nine months even though France is under new rules aimed at taming the coronavirus’ fast-spreading delta variant

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower is reopening Friday for the first time in nine months even though the French government introduced new virus rules this week aimed at taming the fast-spreading delta variant.

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.

The number of daily visitors to the tower will be limited 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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