London unlocked 倫敦放寬疫情封鎖措施 各大場所重新開放

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London unlocked 倫敦放寬疫情封鎖措施 各大場所重新開放

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有關 「change(變化)」 的詞彙

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What have not been allowed to reopen in London?

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It’s a city that’s 2000 years old, enduring two world wars. Pandemics aren’t new here, but the coronavirus has attempted to threaten London’s very identity. Just four months ago it was one of the world’s most bustling cities with 9 million people living here. And then they had to go into lockdown.

這是一座擁有2000年歷史的城市,經歷了兩次世界大戰。流行病的暴發在倫敦並非新鮮事,但新型冠狀病毒的到來已經威脅了倫敦的身份特徵。就在四個月前,這裡還是世界上最繁華的城市之一,有900萬人居住於此。後來,人們因疫情而不得不進入封鎖狀態。

But now, signs of a population trying to find a new normal – perhaps even some fun. Theme parks are starting to reopen, as are businesses. Hair is being cut once more. And at the centre of British culture – the pub – moved onto the street so people can meet and socialise. There have been concerns all this reopening will mean a second wave of infection, as many make the most of it.

但現有跡象表明,倫敦的人們在摸索一種新的生活常態,甚至想尋求好玩的事情做。主題公園開始重新開放,商店也開始重新營業。人們可以去理髮店理髮。作為英國文化的中心,酒吧被搬到了大街上,這樣人們就可以在戶外與人見面和社交。有人擔心,各大場所的重新開放將引發第二波感染,尤其是當許多人在盡情地享受解封后的生活

Pub customer
It feels quite liberating because it’s been so long and we’re all so secure with what we do – wash our hands.

酒吧客人
「這讓人感覺相當自由,因為疫情封鎖的時間太長了,我們都在嚴格做好防範措施,比如洗手。」

Cinemas too have started to reopen. But theatres with live performances have not. For centuries London has been at the heart of Europe’s art scene, and now the UK’s government is promising almost two billion dollars of support.

電影院也開始重新營業了。但有現場表演的劇院仍未開門。幾個世紀以來,倫敦一直是歐洲藝術舞台的中心,現在英國政府承諾為文化藝術產業提供近20億美元的資助。

Oliver Dowden, UK Secretary of State for Culture
This is the home of Shakespeare, attracting people from around the world – huge cultural power, huge contribution to our wider economy – think of all the tourists who come here. But also think of all the children, all the adults, who come here for the first time whose lives are enriched by that culture. So, all of those factors have contributed to us going for a very big level of support really to help our institutions weather this storm.

奧利弗‧道登     英國數字化、文化、媒體和體育大臣
「倫敦是莎士比亞戲劇的創意發源地,吸引了來自全球各地的人們,這裡有巨大的文化力量,給我們的整體經濟做出了巨大的貢獻。想想每年來這裡的遊客人數吧。同時也想想那些第一次來到這裡的兒童和成年人,他們的生活被這種文化感染,變得豐富多彩。所以,所有的這些因素都促使我們投入很大程度的支持,以真正幫助我們的機構渡過這場難關。」

London has coped with its fair share of economic shocks over the years, establishing itself as the financial capital of Europe. Billions of dollars of cash are usually made here every year and despite thousands of jobs being lost, many businesses say they’re confident workers will come back to the capital.

多年來,倫敦應對過不少經濟衝擊,確立了自己為歐洲金融中心的地位。這裡每年的經濟產值通常高達數十億美元,儘管失去了數千個工作崗位,但許多企業表示,他們相信勞動者會回到首都。

After all unprecedented times aren’t new to this city – although how it responds to 2020 could reshape its old ways.

畢竟對於倫敦來說,經歷前所未有的特殊時期並非新鮮事。儘管如此,倫敦應對2020年的方式可能會重塑這裡過往的生活方式。

詞彙

a new normal (新冠肺炎疫情後的)新常態

make the most of it 充分利用,盡情享受

liberating 令人感到自由自在的

weather this storm 渡過難關

reshape 重新塑造

問題答案

Theatres with live performances have not been allowed to reopen.