Wuhan, the Chinese city in the Hubei province which was once the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, is back to its normal life with enthusiastic clubbers flocking back on the dance floor.

The world is struggling to battle the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The hospitals are running at full capacity, several small businesses have been shut and millions of people have lost their lives so far and countries are still failing to control the pandemic.

However, life has taken a different route in Wuhan it seems. Recently, people were photographed, packed elbow-to-elbow on the dance floor at an unnamed club in Wuhan. Despite a rule hanging out of the clubs saying that a face cover is mandatory, many people were recorded not following the regulations and dancing among a huge crowd without a mask.

Wuhan was declared COVID-free and has not reported any local outbreak since May. In Wuhan, the Chinese officials tested about 9.9 million people to completely root out the pandemic from the once-epidemic epicenter.

In Wuhan, which remained under lockdown for about 76 days, all of the businesses, including movie halls, karaokes, factories and restaurants have opened to the same capacity as before it was before the coronavirus outbreak was officially reported.

China has rolled out a strict contact tracing system, which makes it mandatory for all the visitors to the club to present the health card before entering it. Despite all the regulations, people may still become complacent to the system.

“Some residents have dropped their guard and don’t wear masks when they go on the streets,” said Luo Ping, an epidemic control official in Wuhan. “The reopening of Wuhan does not mean the all-clear, neither does it mean a relaxing of epidemic prevention and control measures (within the city).”

This is not the first time that such photos of maskless people gathered to have fun have surfaced on the internet. Earlier in August, hundreds of people flocked into a waterpark in Wuhan were photographed and it immediately went viral.

Wuhan, China Coronavirus / Covid-19 cases in China. (9.04.2020) Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at JHU KOBU Agency/Unsplash