AP PHOTOS: Goodbye bubble — but 1 last zero-COVID reminder

A customs officer checks forms at Beijing International Airport after the end of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing.  (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

A customs officer checks forms at Beijing International Airport after the end of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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Leaving the Winter Olympics comes full circle with one last early morning visit to an eerily empty Beijing airport.

Like a scene from Steven Soderbergh’s pandemic thriller ‘Contagion’, masked travelers are greeted by an army of workers in full hazmat suits – white with blue stripes – with face shields or masks and goggles, a final indescribable interaction after weeks inside the closed loop that separated Games participants from the general population.

From checking visitors in for flights to carrying an athlete’s skis, these tightly sealed workers run the faceless airport. AP photographers on their way home from the Olympics captured them hard at work.

A worker addressing his crew lined up as sentries added designs of famous Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen to the back of a suit. Another crew gets pushed on a cart, like a bobsleigh team. Canada’s hockey team bags are carried away.

Whatever the task, it is carried out in full protective gear, a last shield against the coronavirus in a country with a zero COVID policy.

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