Photos show what tourism at popular attractions around the world looks like during a pandemic
Around the world, countries and tourist attractions are reopening after months of being closed thanks to the coronavirus, and tourism is slowly making a comeback.
And yet, with social distancing and masks requirements in place in many parts of the world, as well as travel bans and warnings in effect — such as in the US, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against it — once-packed attractions are looking a little different these days.
Keep scrolling to see what tourism looks like at some of the world’s most popular attractions.
After four months of being closed, Walt Disney World in Florida reopened on July 11, amid rising cases of the coronavirus in the state. Visitors and cast members are required to wear masks, according to Insider.
Las Vegas casinos reopened on June 4, with safety measures such as plexiglass shields, handwashing stations, and mask requirements in place, according to Business Insider.
Source: Business Insider
The Louvre museum in Paris, France, reopened on July 6. According to NPR, masks are required, there’s an online-only reservation system, distance markers on the floor, and a one-way path guests must follow through the museum.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, reopened June 25, after three months — its longest closure since WWII, per NPR.
According to NPR, the Eiffel Tower was initially stairs-only, and the top deck remained closed until late July.
Liberty Island reopened alongside other outdoor attractions as part of Phase 4 in New York City in late July, according to CBS. Masks and social distancing are required.
This photo of a Canadian and American tourist boat at Niagara Falls went viral for showing how the countries are responding to the pandemic differently. The American boat is packed, while the Canadian one has a handful of guests.
Source: Business Insider
On June 3, Italy became the first European country to open its borders to international visitors, per Afar, despite having seen one of Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks, as well as the continent’s longest lockdown.
Source: Insider, Afar
With US travelers still banned from traveling to much of the EU, Italy’s tourism sector is struggling, according to CNN. Last year, almost 6 million US travelers visited Italy.
Despite having had one of the highest coronavirus death rates in Europe, Spain reopened to tourists in late June, as an Insider article points out.
The Grand Palace in Thailand, one of Bangkok’s most popular attractions, reopened on June 7 amid the easing of isolation measures, according to the Royal Office.
Source: Royal Office
The Grand Palace saw only a handful of tourists as the country has not yet reopened to international visitors, per CNN.
According to Reuters, international air traffic to Egypt resumed on July 1, and major attractions such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum reopened.
At the Great Pyramids of Giza, guests will face temperature checks and must wear masks, per the BBC. Smithsonian Magazine reports that the pyramids got a sanitizing deep clean earlier this year.
Sources: BBC, Smithsonian
Chamonix, France, welcomed back visitors as early as May, according to local tourism site See Chamonix.
Source: See Chamonix
In China, tourists can ride on socially distant rafts along the Yulong river in Yangshuo.
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