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Newspaper headlines: Weekend lockdown warnings and ‘border farce’

The Daily Telegraph front page 30 May

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“Don’t try to see family or friends this weekend”, is the message from police, according to the Daily Telegraph’s front page. People who try to see their loved ones before lockdown restrictions are eased on Monday will face fines, as temperatures are expected to reach 26C on Saturday and Sunday, the paper reports. And a photograph of acting couple David Tennant and his wife Georgia is the paper’s leading image, with reports the pair will star in new BBC comedy Staged.

The Daily Mirror front page 30 May

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Striking a more optimistic tone, the Daily Mirror’s splash leads with: “Sunlight at end of the tunnel.” The paper reports that Brits are set to “go barbecue and picnic crazy” as temperatures remain high this weekend. Shops are braced for an increase in sales of food and alcohol, the paper says, but doctors are warning people to maintain social distancing. The paper adds that Boris Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May said Dominic Cummings did not follow “the spirit of the guidance”.

The i front page 30 May

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The i leads with a stark warning from scientists that it is “too early to relax rules”. The prime minister is lifting restrictions “too quickly”, the paper reports, citing concerns raised from a member of the government’s Sage group of scientists.

The Daily Mail front page 30 May

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Looking ahead to the easing of restrictions next month, the Daily Mail has dubbed plans for a two-week quarantine imposed on travellers arriving in the UK as a “border farce”. Police and Border Force officials have said the quarantine plan is “unenforceable”, according to the paper. The plan is due to come into force from 8 June, but officials were accused of “making it up as they go along”, the paper reports, with claims Mr Johnson is preparing to water down parts of the scheme, or axe it.

The Times front page 30 May

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The Times leads on a poll which indicates that most primary schools in England will open on Monday, despite concerns from teaching unions, such as the National Education Union, that it is too soon.

The Financial Times front page 30 May

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Meanwhile, the Financial Times leads with news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised a “new collective national effort” to revive the UK’s economy as the unemployment rate is set to hit 10%. The paper details ministerial plans for a “big job creation scheme” to address looming mass unemployment. Meanwhile, the main image on the FT’s front page is of a person carrying an upside down US flag past a burning building as riots escalate in the state of Minneapolis following the death of African American George Floyd.

The Guardian front page 30 May

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MPs have been “deluged” with “angry” emails over Mr Cummings’ alleged breach of lockdown rules, the Guardian reports. The paper, which broke the original story in a joint exclusive with the Daily Mirror that Mr Johnson’s senior adviser had travelled to County Durham from London, said tens of thousands of people have contacted MPs. The paper also reports on plans for the furlough scheme to wind down in the next five months.

The Daily Express front page 30 May

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Prince William is supporting a campaign for a £3.2 million memorial for emergency workers who have died fighting coronavirus, according to the Daily Express. The paper reports that the campaign for a national monument for those who have “made the ultimate sacrifice” is also being backed by Mr Johnson. The Daily Express, which carries an image of a clay model of what the memorial will reportedly look like, adds that it will be unveiled by the Queen.

The Sun front page 30 May

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Elsewhere, the Sun leads with an exclusive interview with Anthony Joshua, who discusses parenthood during lockdown with his four-year-old son. The heavyweight boxing champion also says he is determined to fight Tyson Fury, telling the paper: “I really want that belt.”

The Star front page 30 May

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“TV luvvies get the dolly wobbles,” is the Star’s front page, with a photo of Bruce Forsyth and the “Dolly Dealers” from popular television game show Play Your Cards Right. The paper reports that television bosses have decided not to include the “Dolly Dealers” in the reboot of the game show, blaming “snowflakes”.

Many of Saturday’s newspapers carry warnings about the need for social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak and fears people may disregard the rules this weekend, before lockdown measures are partially relaxed on Monday.

The Chancellor’s statement on Friday also features, where he set out government plans to gradually end the furlough scheme to help workers.

The Sun throws its weight behind Rishi Sunak, declaring that he is “right to wean Britain off the furlough scheme, before it bankrupts us.”

It accepts that the initiative has “saved millions of jobs”, but describes it as an emergency measure only.

There is concern about the move in the Guardian. Its leader states: “Cutting support can only be sustained if the economy can be roused into life.”

It suggests Mr Sunak should have removed the subsidies in stages, as business picked up after the crisis.

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“Border farce!” declares the front page of the Daily Mail. It claims police and border officials are worried that they won’t be able to enforce the government’s plan to quarantine people for two weeks, when they arrive in the UK.

Questions are raised about another element of coronavirus policy – the two-metre social distancing rule – in the Daily Telegraph.

The paper says senior Conservatives are worried the restriction could cause “large-scale redundancies”, because many businesses won’t be able to enforce it, and will therefore have to remain closed.

“Sunlight at the end of the tunnel” is the Daily Mirror’s lead.

According to the paper: “Shops are braced for a spike in sales of food and booze, as the heatwave and easing of lockdown rules looks set to spark a barbecue frenzy.”

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The i reports on what it describes as a “boost to teacher recruitment” caused by the lockdown.

It says the charity, Now Teach – which supports people wanting to switch their career to teaching – has seen a 70% increase in applications. It estimates that, after supervising home schooling, more than 1.5 million people are keen to make the change.

Finally, The Times reports on a super yacht with a difference. The 600 foot-long vessel, REV Ocean, is equipped with swimming pools and helipads – but you won’t find it bobbing around any glamorous Mediterranean hotspots.

Its owner – a Norwegian fishing and oil magnate – plans to bring scientists on board to study the loss of polar ice, overfishing and plastic waste in the sea.

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