image captionThe next easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England is the focus of many of Saturday’s front pages. The Daily Telegraph says holidays abroad will “get the green light as planned from 17 May”, with a traffic light system of rules for countries. Initially only a “tiny handful” of countries are expected to be on the green list, according to the paper. It says most European countries are expected to be on the amber list – meaning tests and quarantine for travellers.
image caption“Here we go!” declares the Daily Express, which also says Boris Johnson is due reveal his “holiday list”. At the moment, people in England face a £5,000 fine for having a holiday abroad. If you want to leave the UK, you must fill in a travel declaration form stating a valid reason.
image captionMeanwhile, the Times reports that ministers are expected to approve further easing of restrictions from 17 May, including allowing people to hug friends and family from other households. But people will still be advised to retain social distancing with strangers, on public transport and at work, it says. The newspaper also quotes a government source as saying: “The data is looking very good. The scientists say we’re on track for the next stage, unless something changes dramatically.”
image captionThe i newspaper leads with news that from Tuesday care home residents in England will be able to leave their home for a walk or to visit a loved one’s garden without having to self-isolate for 14 days on their return. It also claims scientists and No 10 are “increasingly” confident about mass gatherings without social distancing.
image caption“Help Us to Remember the Loved Ones We Lost” urges the Daily Mail, which leads on a campaign to help build a memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral in London to honour those who have died with coronavirus.
image captionThe FT Weekend warns that drinkers have downed so many pints since lockdown restrictions were eased that pubs are facing a beer shortage over the Bank Holiday weekend. Separately, it reports that the eurozone slid into a double-dip recession in the first three months of this year, leaving the bloc lagging behind other major economies. Most of Europe faced varying levels of lockdown in the first three months of 2021.
image captionThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined a social media boycott by English football’s biggest teams and its governing bodies against online hate this weekend, according to the Daily Mirror. Players have been repeatedly targeted by online abuse, often with racist comments. Prince William, as the president of the Football Association, said he would back “the entire football community” in the protest.
image captionFinally, the Daily Star pokes fun at news that the prime minister’s personal mobile phone number has been freely available on the internet for the past 15 years – after it was published in a think tank press release in 2006 and never deleted. The paper imagines what messages he may have received in that time.