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Wuhan Revellers Cram Into Water Park As City Recovers From Pandemic

Rebecca Shepherd

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Wuhan Revellers Cram Into Water Park As City Recovers From Pandemic

Thousands of partygoers have been pictured at a waterpark in the city of Wuhan, which was the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.

The popular Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park was packed with revellers standing shoulder to shoulder over the weekend.

Credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images
Credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images

The outdoor park reopened in June after Wuhan gradually lifted the strict restrictions that were initially in place as authorities tried to stop the spread of the virus.

According to MailOnline, the park - which has apparently capped attendance at 50 percent of its normal capacity - is offering half-price discounts for female visitors.

The crowds were attending an electronic music festival with many perched on rubber dinghies and wearing life jackets.

Credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images
Credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Back on 19 May 3,000 tourists visited Wuhan's largest theme park on the first day it reopened - only if they could prove that they were virus-free.

The theme park let people though the gates using tickets that had been pre-ordered online, a move that comes as part of its partial reopening.

Along with temperature screening, wearing masks is also mandatory when visiting the park, which will be continuing to operate with a reduced daily capacity of 20 percent.

Meanwhile, earlier this month people packed in together at a huge aquarium in the city, after local government made attractions free in a bid to encourage tourism, and as a means of thanking the rest of the country for its support during the pandemic.

Wuhan Polar Ocean Park, which is located in the capital of Central China's Hubei province, is just one of the attractions taking part in the initiative.

Credit: Real Press
Credit: Real Press

When Wuhan was locked down, people from all around the country made financial donations and thousands of medics also went to the region to help tackle the pandemic.

Now that local infection rates have lowered, the regional government has opened up dozens of five-star tourism destinations for free, with many other tourism-related activities from hotels through to travel agencies also offering free activities or substantial discounts.

But the offer led to a flood of people into the region, apparently leading to social distancing rules being broken - although the park insisted all the legal limits were adhered to.

Featured Image Credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images

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Rebecca Shepherd
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