The government’s easing of travel restrictions from next month – with a traffic light system for low, medium and high-risk countries – is the lead for most of Saturday’s papers.
“Green light for hols”, is the Mirror’s headline. “Holiday season back on”, the Times declares.
The Mail’s headline advises readers that they can “fly out for sun, sea and 70 per cent off”. It says tour operators are offering record discounts for trips to France, Spain, Italy and Greece.
The Matt cartoon in the Telegraph shows a couple at the airport as they prepare to fly off to the Costa del Sol. The man tells his wife what he expects to be doing on holiday: “Breakfast on the terrace, wine with lunch and a siesta in the afternoon. It will be just like working from home”.
The Telegraph’s main report says the announcement of the new travel arrangements comes ahead of a week in which the prime minister “will try to focus the nation’s minds on coming out of lockdown and building a post-Covid economy”. According to the paper, Boris Johnson is expected to make a speech in the north of England on Tuesday setting out his plan for getting the country out of recession – with the key themes of jobs, health and homes. The Telegraph says Boris Johnson hopes his speech will “put him firmly back on the front foot after months of crisis management”.
Away from coronavirus, the papers feature pictures of armed police responding to the stabbings in Glasgow.
The attack is the main story for the Scottish papers. The Scotsman has the headline: “Horror at the Park Inn”. The Scottish Daily Mail has a picture of police and ambulance crews outside the hotel. “Bloodbath”, is the headline. The Scotland edition of the Times highlights First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s appeal for calm.
The Guardian says it’s learned that the education secretary is planning an overhaul of the university admissions arrangements in England. Under the current system, sixth formers apply to university in January using grades predicted by their teachers, before sitting A-levels in late spring and accepting course offers in June. But – the paper says – Gavin Williamson is understood to believe that applying after sitting the exams “would benefit disadvantaged students”, with research suggesting that talented applicants tend to get lower predicted grades than they ultimately achieve.
Finally, the Times has a picture of Glastonbury festival organiser Emily Eavis on its front page sitting in an empty field, the deserted Pyramid stage in the background. She should have been welcoming some 210,000 people this week for the festival’s 50th anniversary. Instead – she tells the paper in an interview – “nature’s having an amazing party”. “The cows are out and happy… There’s lots of deer, lots of rabbits. Hares. The hedgehogs have bounced back,” she says. But Ms Eavis adds that people will be holding their own festivals at home this weekend – watching highlights from previous years on the BBC and coming together online. They have been sending her pictures of tents going up in gardens, along with fairy lights, bars, and even stages. “It’s probably going to be the biggest festival we have ever had”, she says.
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