Tokyo Tower visitors will be asked to take stairs
NHK -- May 29
NHK has learned that Tokyo Tower will reopen from Thursday, although most visitors will have to take the stairs instead of elevators to access the observation deck.

The measure is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark in the capital, has been closed since April 8.

Staff will ask visitors to take the stairs, consisting of about 600 steps, to reach the 150-meter-high observation deck, located about halfway up the tower.

Only the elderly and people with disabilities will be able to use the elevators, and the number of people will be limited to five per ride.

Visitors will also have to maintain social distancing. The observation deck will feature position markers at two-meter intervals.

The tower will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., closing two hours earlier than normal.

An official says the tower's operator hopes visitors will feel safe while experiencing a famous symbol of Tokyo.

東京タワーが展望台の営業を再開しました。休業中に接客などの研修を重ねてきた新人スタッフもようやくデビューの日を迎えました。  営業開始前から並ぶ人たち。28日午前9時から展望台の営業が再開しました。フェィスシールドを着けた係員が客を出迎えます。ひと月に1回は来る30代の男性。展望台まで階段で行くのは初めてだそうです。カラッとした晴れの天気となった東京。約600段の階段を男性は15分かけて到着しました。展望台から見る東京の景色。  感染対策を取りながらの再開。エレベーターは一度に乗り込む人数を4人までとしました。緊急事態宣言を受けて先月8日から休業していた東京タワー。休業期間中、新入社員は先輩社員に教わりながら再開に向けて準備をしてきました。そして28日にデビューの日を迎えました。これからエレベーターガールやお客様の案内など様々な業務を経験していきます。
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