- retail /REE-teyl/
- restriction /ri-STRIK-shuhn/
- chain /cheyn/
- vigilant /VIJ-uh-luhnt/
- paramount /PAR-uh-mount/
[noun] – the activity of selling goods to the public, usually in shops
The retail industry was severely hit by the pandemic.
[noun] – an official limit on something
The government began to lift some of the COVID-19 restrictions earlier this month.
[noun] – a group of similar businesses, such as restaurants or hotels, which are all owned and controlled by the same organization
The fast food chain has over 1,000 restaurants worldwide.
[adjective] – always being careful to notice things, especially possible danger
Drivers must be vigilant at all times to keep their passengers safe.
[adjective] – more important than anything else
Their daughter’s health is of paramount importance to the couple.
Ireland’s industry body, Retail Excellence, told the media that the reopening has become possible due to the government’s effective vaccine rollout. The Irish government assured the industry that it will not be “going backwards” after this week’s reopening. Damien English, Ireland’s Minister for Business, Employment, and Retail, said that it had been a “long road” for businesses to reopen after more than five months. “We must remain vigilant in the fight against COVID,” English said. “Public health and safety must always be paramount but with caution and by working together we can once again enjoy the old normality,” he added. But while physical shops and establishments return to business, non-essential overseas travel will not resume until August this year at the earliest, according to the Irish Prime Minister.
- Is it better to reopen establishments gradually or in one go? Why?
- What will happen if shops and other establishments continue to be closed for the whole year?
- Which industries are the most affected by the pandemic crisis? Explain your answer.
- What will the world economy be like this time next year?
- How has the coronavirus affected your finances?
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