The Reading / Listening - Daytime Exercise - Level 5

Authorities in Paris are taking extra measures to contain the surge in COVID-19 infections. Parisians can no longer exercise outdoors during the day. There is a ban on exercising outside between the hours of 10am and 7pm. This is in reaction to more people taking to the streets in recent good weather and flouting lockdown rules. There have been over 10,000 deaths in France. It is fourth place on the fatalities list behind Italy, Spain and the USA. The mayor of Paris said the new rule would help stop the virus from spreading, and lead to a flattening of the curve.



Scientists explained that there is a greater viral load in the air when people exercise. When a cyclist or jogger sneezes, coughs or even exhales, micro-particles stay longer in the air and spread farther than when someone is walking. This is a danger to people behind them who have to walk through a cloud of droplets. The scientists said people should avoid those who exercise. Walkers should get four metres, runners 10 metres and cyclists at least 20 metres. The message in France is similar to elsewhere in the world - stay at home and follow social distancing rules when outside.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Daytime Exercise - Level 4 or  Daytime Exercise - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/reports/a32071543/paris-ban-outdoor-exercise-daytime/
  • https://www.france24.com/en/20200407-paris-bans-daytime-jogging-as-virus-deaths-hit-new-high
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8196759/Paris-bans-outdoor-exercise-threatens-hit-joggers-120-fines-amid-coronavirus-lockdown.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. taking extra measures to contain
  2. There is a ban
  3. in recent good
  4. flouting
  5. fourth place on the fatalities
  6. The mayor of Paris said the new rule
  7. help stop the virus
  8. lead to a flattening
  1. lockdown rules
  2. from spreading
  3. list
  4. of the curve
  5. the surge
  6. weather
  7. would help
  8. on exercising

Paragraph 2

  1. there is a greater viral
  2. When a cyclist
  3. coughs or even
  4. micro-particles stay
  5. walk through a cloud
  6. avoid those who
  7. similar to elsewhere
  8. follow
  1. of droplets
  2. in the world
  3. longer in the air
  4. social distancing rules
  5. exercise
  6. or jogger sneezes
  7. load
  8. exhales

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Authorities in Paris are (1) ___________________ to contain the surge in COVID-19 infections. Parisians can no (2) ___________________ during the day. There is a ban on exercising outside between the hours of 10am and 7pm. This is (3) ___________________ more people taking to the streets in recent good weather and (4) ___________________. There have been over 10,000 deaths in France. It is fourth place on (5) ___________________ behind Italy, Spain and the USA. The mayor of Paris said the new rule would help stop the virus from spreading, and lead to (6) ___________________ the curve.

Scientists explained that there is a (7) ___________________ in the air when people exercise. When a cyclist or jogger sneezes, (8) ___________________ exhales, micro-particles stay longer in the (9) ___________________ farther than when someone is walking. This is a danger to people behind them who have to walk through a (10) ___________________. The scientists said people should avoid those who exercise. Walkers should get four metres, runners 10 metres and (11) ___________________ 20 metres. The message in France is similar to elsewhere in the world - stay at home and follow social distancing (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ID-19infections.Parisianscannolongerexerciseoutdoorsduringthed
ay.Thereisabanonexercisingoutsidebetweenthehoursof10amand7p
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atherandfloutinglockdownrules.Therehavebeenover10,000deathsi
nFrance.ItisfourthplaceonthefatalitieslistbehindItaly,SpainandtheU
SA.ThemayorofParissaidthenewrulewouldhelpstopthevirusfromspr
eading,andleadtoaflatteningofthecurve.Scientistsexplainedthatthe
reisagreaterviralloadintheairwhenpeopleexercise.Whenacyclistorjo
ggersneezes,coughsorevenexhales,micro-particlesstaylongerinth
eairandspreadfartherthanwhensomeoneiswalking.Thisisadangerto
peoplebehindthemwhohavetowalkthroughacloudofdroplets.Thescie
ntistssaidpeopleshouldavoidthosewhoexercise.Walkersshouldgetfo
urmetres,runners10metresandcyclistsatleast20metres.Themessag
einFranceissimilartoelsewhereintheworld-stayathomeandfollowso
cialdistancingruleswhenoutside.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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