image captionThe reopening of shops, gyms, swimming pools, pubs and cafes after a four month-long winter lockdown makes most of Scotland’s front pages. The Scottish Sun estimates that about 200,000 pints will be served today as pubs open for business for the first time since Christmas.
image captionThe Scottish Daily Mail also leads on the easing of lockdown restrictions with the paper highlighting that travel restrictions have also been lifted, allowing trips to other parts of the UK for non-essential reasons.
image captionThe Daily Star focuses on the reopening of Scotland’s hospitality trade though points out that alcohol will only be served to customers seated outside and with a booking.
image captionBusiness leaders issuing a “rallying call” for people to support reopening businesses is the main story in The Scotsman. Many businesses are still concerned that restrictions such as social distancing will impact how much trade they can do in the coming weeks.
image captionSeveral front pages continue to deal with the fallout from claims made by Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings. The i says the prime minister is facing tax issues over the renovation of his Downing Street flat with HMRC wanting to know where the money for the refurbishment came from.
image captionThe Times says the country’s most senior civil servant is still investigating Dominic Cummings as part of the inquiry into who leaked details of the government’s lockdown plans. Cabinet secretary Simon Case is due to give evidence to MPs where he is also expected to be questioned about the PM’s Downing Street flat refurbishment, the paper reports.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph reports that Mr Cummings’ claim that he has been cleared of leaking information is not accurate and that a probe into the leak is still ongoing.
image captionThe National reports that Nicola Sturgeon’s appearance on The Andrew Marr Show saw her “hammer home” the case for Scottish independence.
image captionThe Scottish Daily Express also leads with comments from the same BBC interview with the SNP leader. The paper reports Ms Sturgeon said there would be “practical difficulties” on borders if an independent Scotland re-joined the EU.
image captionA report on the soaring cost of renting privately in Scotland makes the front page of the Daily Record. The paper reports average private rents for two-bed properties have increased over the last decade by 28%, with even bigger hikes in the cities.
image captionThe front page of The Herald leads with a “postcode lottery” in the testing of P1 children with a variation in what is communicated to parents about the tests across Scotland.
image captionThe Covid crisis in India is the focus of the Metro’s front page. It says the situation is so bad there that some crematoriums have run out of wood, forcing grieving families to burn loved ones’ bodies on mass outdoor pyres instead.
image captionThe Edinburgh Evening News captures the relief felt by some at the easing of restrictions by saying the capital’s businesses are open “at last”.
image captionThe Glasgow Times reports on the experiences of a student with disabilities who attended a university in the city.
image captionThe Press and Journal carries a call from the brother-in-law of the late Lib Dem MP Charles Kennedy who is calling for a “clean fight” as the Holyrood election enters its final phase.
image captionDundee’s Evening Telegraph reports how residents have spoken of their horror after a 38-year-old man was assaulted outside a newsagents in the city.
image captionA prisoner who punched a guard in Perth Prison has been given an extra year on his sentence according to the front page of The Courier.
image captionAberdeen’s Evening Express reports the details of a stabbing on the city’s streets.
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