EDM Waterpark Party Draws Thousands in Wuhan, China

The scene was a stark contrast to what the city looked like earlier in 2020

Early in 2020 it was the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, thousands are gathering in Wuhan, China to take in an electronic music concert at a waterpark.

The Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park hosted an outdoor EDM concert offering a stark contrast to the situation the Chinese city found itself in earlier on this year. Organizers of the event restricted capacity to 50% from the normal size of 15,000.

Thousands of partygoers donned swimsuits and inflatable inner tubes as dance music played in the background. The scene looked as if it was from pre-coronavirus times as the mask-free crowd reveled in the action.

The city, located in Hubei province had a strict 76-day lockdown that was lifted in early April. The city of 11 million people hasn’t had any reported new cases since mid-May.

The Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park originally reopened to visitors in late June.

The scene represents a stark contrast to North America where live music events are being reimagined as drive-in concerts or being postponed until 2021.

Recently, German scientists began recruiting volunteers for an experiment on how COVID-19 can be prevented from spreading at large indoor concerts. Participants will wear “contact tracers” around their neck that collects data on each individual’s movements and their proximity to other audience members.

Researchers are aiming to use the experiment to identify how larger events and gatherings can be held without posing additional danger.

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