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People have been doing many things because of COVID-19. Life has been very different for people around the world. People have been working from home. Holidays have been missed. People haven’t been able to see their friends. This has been happening in most places for more than a year. There are vaccines but not every country has them. Some countries are slow to give them out too. Even vaccinated people have not been able to go completely back to normal. People are tired of the restrictions. Many people can’t wait to go back to normal.

People have been angry at celebrities and rich people. This is because many of them have been ignoring the restrictions. They have been going to parties. They have been travelling and doing many things that regular people have not been able to do. People in Belgium were angry when Brad Pitt was allowed to visit the country. Belgium was in lockdown at the time. Belgian people were staying at home. People were not allowed to leave or enter Belgium. Brad Pitt was allowed to enter the country. Many people said this was unfair. He was also given a private tour of a museum. The museum had been closed since the start of the pandemic. Nobody else is allowed to go to the museum. These actions make people angry. They are upset that rich people are not following the same rules that they have to.

Many celebrities have been visiting Australia. Australia has strong restrictions for who can come into the country. People have to quarantine for two weeks when they arrive. The quarantine also costs a lot of money. Celebrities and rich people have been going to Australia because the quarantine and cost do not matter to them. Australians have been complaining because many Australians have not been able to return to their country. Regular Australians have not been able to go back to Australia because of the quarantine. Others have not been able to go back because they can’t get flights. People in Australia are angry that celebrities can go to Australia but normal Australians can’t go back home. People don’t like that there are different rules for rich and famous people. They want everyone to follow the same rules.

Difficult words

Restriction (n): A rule, something limits what others can do.

Celebrity (n): A famous person, usually in entertainment or sports.

Ignore (v): To not notice something on purpose.

Pandemic (n): When a disease spread to many places.

Quarantine (n): When someone or something must stay away from others for some time.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

1. Restriction A. Not notice.
2. Celebrity B. Rule
3. Ignore C. Disease
4. Pandemic D. Alone
5. Quarantine E. Famous person.

True or False?

1. COVID-19 has changed people’s lives around the world.T / F

2. Many people have not been able to see their friends. T / F

3. Vaccinated people can live completely normal. T / F

4. Brad Pitt did not to go to a museum in Belgium. T / F

5. Travellers have to quarantine when they arrive in Australia. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. been / home / from / People / working / have

2. are / has / vaccines / every / them / country / There / but / not

3. going / have / been / to / parties / They

4. people / Many / this / unfair / said / was

5. have / Australians / complaining / been

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

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People have been doing many things because of COVID-19. Life has been very (1)___________ for people around the world. People have been working from home. Holidays have been missed. People haven’t been able to see their friends. This has been happening in most places for more than a year. There are vaccines but not every country has them. Some countries are slow to give them out too. Even vaccinated people have not been able to go completely back to normal. People are tired of the restrictions. Many people can’t wait to go back to (2)_________.

People have been angry at celebrities and rich people. This is because many of them have been ignoring the restrictions. They have been going to (3)________. They have been travelling and doing many things that regular people have not been able to do. People in Belgium were angry when Brad Pitt was allowed to visit the country. Belgium was in lockdown at the time. Belgian people were staying at home. People were not allowed to leave or enter Belgium. Brad Pitt was allowed to enter the country. Many people said this was unfair. He was also given a private tour of a museum. The museum had been closed since the start of the pandemic. Nobody else is allowed to go to the museum. These (4)________ make people angry. They are upset that rich people are not following the same rules that they have to.

Many celebrities have been visiting Australia. Australia has strong restrictions for who can come into the country. People have to quarantine for two weeks when they (5)________. The quarantine also costs a lot of money. Celebrities and rich people have been going to Australia because the quarantine and cost do not matter to them. Australians have been complaining because many Australians have not been able to return to their country. Regular Australians have not been able to go back to Australia because of the quarantine. Others have not been able to go back because they can’t get flights. People in Australia are angry that (6)___________ can go to Australia but normal Australians can’t go back home. People don’t like that there are different rules for rich and famous people. They want everyone to follow the same rules.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. How strong have the pandemic restrictions been in your country?
5. Have there been different rules for the rich and famous in your country?
6. How angry should people be at those who are being treated differently?
7. Are there any examples from your country where people got angry at rulebreakers?
8. How well do regular people follow the COVID restrictions in your country?
9. Should the rich and famous need to follow the same rules as everyone else?
10. If you were famous, would you do the same as these celebrities?
11. Do you think Australia will be stricter because of the angry people?
12. Have any people from your country been unable to come home?
13. Should Brad Pitt have been allowed to go to Belgium?
14. Should people be angrier at the governments or the celebrities?
15. Should celebrities have to quarantine in the same hotels as everyone else?
16. What do you think about the high quarantine fees in Australia and other countries?
17. Is there a mandatory quarantine fee in your country?
18. Are people allowed to travel into your country now?
19. What do you think about the underground restaurants in Paris?
20. Is your country a popular place to film movies?