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“You’d better shape up”, is the instruction on the front of Metro to readers who have been taking it easy during lockdown. Reporting on the reopening on gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres, it says the country can “get back in shape at last”.

The Times front page

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The Times borrows Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s call to “work out to help out” for its headline, adding that cricket can resume this weekend and amateur football as soon as guidelines are agreed. The paper also says the prime minister intends to ban promotions on unhealthy food after coronavirus convinced him action on obesity was needed.

The i newspaper front page

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The public is being given the chance to get “match fit to beat the virus”, says the i newspaper, also quoting the culture secretary. But it says the UK’s finances will take longer to recover, with economists warning the country will be paying back the cost of fighting the pandemic for decades.

Daily Telegraph front page

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Salons are the focus of the Daily Telegraph’s front page, as they reopen from Monday and “normality edges closer” – words from Mr Dowden that give the paper its headline. It says there is also a “chink of light” for theatres as the government begins “trials of indoor performances with limited audiences”.

Daily Mail front page

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“They’ve sunk our cruises”, cries the Daily Mail, however. As other businesses reopen, the paper says the Foreign Office has warned against all travel on cruise ships – a “dramatic intervention” that is a “huge blow” to the travel industry.

Daily Mirror front page

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The Daily Mirror reports on what it calls the “jobs hell at High St icons” as Boots, Burger King and John Lewis announce they are cutting staff. The paper says it brings job losses since the coronavirus crisis began to more than 150,000.

Financial Times

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak is “under fire” over the job cuts, says the FT. It reports that an influential think tank criticised his £30bn package to avert job losses as “poorly targeted”.

The Guardian front page

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The Guardian’s lead story takes a wider view, reporting concerns from the World Health Organization that the pandemic is accelerating across the globe. The WHO’s head said it has yet to reach its peak and the virus is not under control in most of the world, the paper reports.

Daily Express front page

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“A kick in the teeth!” is the verdict of the Daily Express on the BBC’s decision to go ahead with ending free TV licences for most over-75s. The paper says BBC bosses were accused of “fleecing” pensioners.

Daily Star front page

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And the Daily Star leads with the news that one in five Britons report worse eyesight since lockdown – “coronavision” from too much screen time, it speculates. The paper says it recalls the plight of the prime minister’s adviser, Dominic Cummings, who claimed he drove to Barnard Castle to test his poor vision. “Didn’t see that Cumming” is the headline.

The government’s decision to allow gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools in England to reopen later this month features heavily in the newspapers. 

The Sun’s leader praises the announcement, saying it is “vital that Britain gets in shape” due to the high Covid-19 mortality rates for people who are overweight.

The Daily Mirror urges Wales and Scotland to follow suit – a move it says is particularly important given how much we may all soon be eating out when the Treasury’s half-price meal scheme starts in August. 

The Daily Telegraph features a Matt cartoon showing a man struggling to lift weights, telling his personal trainer: “I was hoping Rishi Sunak would step in and give me some targeted help here.”

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These treadmills will be put back into action from 25 July

The BBC’s decision to press ahead with plans to end free TV licences for most over-75’s prompts much debate. 

The Daily Express’s front page headline calls the move “a kick in the teeth”, with the paper’s editorial suggesting that the broadcaster should consider cutting some presenters seven-figure salaries rather than “attacking a group of loyal viewers who held it in high esteem.” 

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Jill Kirby supports the move, pointing out that those receiving pension credit will still be able to watch for free, and saying there is “no justification for subsidising the viewing habits of well-off pensioners”.

The chief US correspondent of the Independent, Andrew Buncombe, describes how he was arrested, jailed and assaulted in Seattle as he attempted to report on a Black Lives Matter protest. 

He says he complained that he couldn’t breathe when crammed into a small police holding cell with others, but was told by an officer: “If you can speak, you can breathe.” 

The paper runs the piece alongside a powerful front page asserting that “journalism is not a crime”.

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The starting gun for the London Marathon may not be heard until October 2021, the Daily Telegraph reports

The Daily Telegraph reports that the organisers of the London Marathon fear it may not be able to be held until the autumn of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

This year’s event has already been postponed until October, and those taking part are expected to find out whether there will be a further delay by the end of the month. 

It is believed plans are being draw up potentially to stage the next race over two days, to allow people due to run the 26.2 mile course this year to compete alongside those already guaranteed a spot in 2021.

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Putting up with noisy neighbours may soon become a thing of the past, according to a story in The Times. 

It reports that scientists in Singapore have adapted the technology used in noise-cancelling headphones to create a window that halves sound levels experienced from outside when opened. 

The project’s lead researcher tells the paper that the discovery could have a transformative effect on the wellbeing and mental health of people living in built up cities, due to the lack of disruption from things like traffic, loud music and airplanes flying overhead.


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