Thousands of people recently attended a massive mask-less pool party in Wuhan, the city where the COVID-19 pandemic began. Here's a look at how Wuhan has reopened since lockdown, as people return to movie theaters and music festivals.



Slide 1 of 17: Photos of a giant music festival hosted in a water park in Wuhan, China went spread rapidly online this week.The images show thousands of mask-less revelers crowding together, about 7 months after Wuhan's lockdown due to COVID-19.Wuhan, where the pandemic began, began to ease lockdown orders on January 23 and was officially re-open by April 8.Since then, Wuhan's residents have returned to movie theaters, night markets, and music festivals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.As the coronavirus pandemic roils the rest of the world, emptying restaurants and filling hospital beds, Wuhan is reopening.The city, located in the Hubei province of China, is considered ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, about two months since reporting a new COVID-19 case, life has largely returned to normal.In a dramatic example of post-COVID life, thousands of maskless people crammed into a Wuhan water park to watch a concert on August 15. The show was complete with pyrotechnic elements, dancers in neon tutus, and a performer on a water-propelled hoverboard. But the concert wasn't Wuhan's first since its 76-day lockdown ended on April 8. Check out Wuhan's return to public life below.Read the original article on Business Insider
Slide 2 of 17: Wuhan's COVID-19 lockdown officially lifted on April 8.
Slide 3 of 17: Wedding photographer Wey (center) said he went nearly four months without working, according to AFP.
Slide 4 of 17: That month, authorities ordered mass testing for all 11 million residents after a new cluster of COVID-19 cases emerged.

Slide 5 of 17: This group lounged on a lawn near Wuhan's East Lake on May 17.
Slide 6 of 17: Although the hotel has launched an outdoor catering series, the establishment was making about about a tenth of its prior daily revenue, according to China Out.
Slide 7 of 17: Wuhan tested nearly 10 million residents between May 14 and June 1 in a citywide drive to screen novel coronavirus infections, according to Reuters. Chinese officials said they found no new cases of the disease, but did not count asymptomatic infections in that total.
Slide 8 of 17: People also returned to Wuhan's movie theaters in June ...
Slide 9 of 17: Wuhan's move theaters reopened that month, with the stipulation that they would follow new safety procedures.

Slide 10 of 17: Revelers partied at a music festival in Wuhan on August 4.
Slide 11 of 17: Masked, and un-masked, residents gathered to enjoy music.
Slide 12 of 17: Since Wuhan ended its 76-day quarantine in April, life — and gridlocked traffic — has returned to the streets. Long lines of customers wait at breakfast stands, a much different sight compared to early January when crowds of people anxiously waited at city hospitals.
Slide 13 of 17: Wuhan's makeshift hospitals were built to treat the influx of COVID-19 patients that overwhelmed Wuhan's longstanding hospitals. When the lockdown ended, workers dismantled many of the beds there.
Slide 14 of 17: Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park, where the huge viral pool party happened, reopened in late June.

Slide 15 of 17: Crowds have poured in throughout the summer, where thousands cool off in a giant swimming pool — sans masks.
Slide 16 of 17: The water park has over 15,000 visitors a day, according to Hubei Daily. That's half of the volume it was seeing in August 2019.
Slide 17 of 17: Wuhan has not officially reported any new coronavirus cases since mid-May.

Thousands of people recently attended a massive mask-less pool party in Wuhan, the city where the COVID-19 pandemic began. Here’s a look at how Wuhan has reopened since lockdown, as people return to movie theaters and music festivals.

As the coronavirus pandemic roils the rest of the world, emptying restaurants and filling hospital beds, Wuhan is reopening.

The city, located in the Hubei province of China, is considered ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, about two months since reporting a new COVID-19 case, life has largely returned to normal.

In a dramatic example of post-COVID life, thousands of maskless people crammed into a Wuhan water park to watch a concert on August 15. The show was complete with pyrotechnic elements, dancers in neon tutus, and a performer on a water-propelled hoverboard. 

But the concert wasn’t Wuhan’s first since its 76-day lockdown ended on April 8. Check out Wuhan’s return to public life below.

Wuhan’s COVID-19 lockdown officially lifted on April 8.

After lockdown end, couples whose weddings were delayed by the pandemic rushed to get married.

Wedding photographer Wey (center) said he went nearly four months without working, according to AFP.

Residents began riding the tourist ferry on Wuhan’s East Lake again.

That month, authorities ordered mass testing for all 11 million residents after a new cluster of COVID-19 cases emerged.

Wuhan’s residents also returned to public parks.

This group lounged on a lawn near Wuhan’s East Lake on May 17.

Residents began dining outside of Wuhan’s Sheraton hotel.

Although the hotel has launched an outdoor catering series, the establishment was making about about a tenth of its prior daily revenue, according to China Out.

Local residents — still wearing masks — exercised together outdoors.

Wuhan tested nearly 10 million residents between May 14 and June 1 in a citywide drive to screen novel coronavirus infections, according to Reuters. Chinese officials said they found no new cases of the disease, but did not count asymptomatic infections in that total.

People also returned to Wuhan’s movie theaters in June …

… with mandates about disinfection in place.

Wuhan’s move theaters reopened that month, with the stipulation that they would follow new safety procedures.

Revelers partied at a music festival in Wuhan on August 4.

Masked, and un-masked, residents gathered to enjoy music.

Since Wuhan ended its 76-day quarantine in April, life — and gridlocked traffic — has returned to the streets. Long lines of customers wait at breakfast stands, a much different sight compared to early January when crowds of people anxiously waited at city hospitals.

Wuhan’s makeshift hospitals were built to treat the influx of COVID-19 patients that overwhelmed Wuhan’s longstanding hospitals. When the lockdown ended, workers dismantled many of the beds there.

Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park, where the huge viral pool party happened, reopened in late June.

Crowds have poured in throughout the summer, where thousands cool off in a giant swimming pool — sans masks.

The water park has over 15,000 visitors a day, according to Hubei Daily. That’s half of the volume it was seeing in August 2019.

Wuhan has not officially reported any new coronavirus cases since mid-May.

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