image captionThe government was “forced into retreat” over “local lockdowns” when it updated advice for eight areas in England worst-hit by the Indian coronavirus variant, the Daily Telegraph says. It adds that a “Whitehall blame game erupted” after ministers “failed to pass on the new advice” – which asked people not to meet indoors or travel unnecessarily – to local leaders. One insider tells the paper it was the Department of Health and Social Care’s responsibility.
image captionThe i says the government has “U-turned” on what it calls the “accidental lockdowns”. It reports that Tuesday saw “several Tory MPs protest privately to Downing Street”.
image captionThe updated advice amounts to a “climbdown”, according to the Guardian. The paper says local councils were “bombarded with queries” from people wondering whether or not they should cancel bookings they had made over the bank holiday and half-term breaks, and that hoteliers and campsite operators were also confused.
image captionThere’s much more positivity on the front page of the Times, which features a picture of the prime minister out and about on a run with his dog, Dilyn. The paper reports that the coming weeks “will bring record-breaking numbers” when it comes to vaccinations – with all those aged over 30 eligible in England from today – which it says is “adding to optimism that restrictions can end as planned” from 21 June.
image captionThe Express is yet more optimistic, reporting that the UK is “set to revel in a summer of sport and live performances”. It follows a “series of stunning test successes” after the recent pilot spectator events, it says – with 15 positive Covid cases recorded from a range of events that involved more than 58,000 people in April and May.
image captionThe Daily Mail’s story about High Street firms being “bought up by private equity tycoons” sees another day on its front page. In this instalment the paper reports that those firms have “axed” almost 40,000 staff during the pandemic – which it says represents a third of all shop, pub and restaurant redundancies reported by big companies.
image captionThe Daily Mirror reports that Boris Johnson “backed” the failed European Super League before it was announced and called it a “great idea”. A No 10 spokesman tells the paper: “This is completely untrue.”
image captionAway from Covid, the chancellor will set out plans to stop some companies listing on the London Stock Exchange on national security grounds, the Financial Times reports. A consultation will “put forward proposals whereby the government could prevent a listing if it would give a foreign state access to state of commercial secrets”, it says – adding that there are mounting concerns over the “dirty money” in British financial markets.
image captionThe Metro is one of several papers to feature a smiling Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Orkney on its front page. Its main story, though, is that Belarus has been “pushed into international isolation”, with hundreds of flights avoiding its airspace after a flight was diverted to Minsk on Sunday and a dissident journalist arrested.
image captionThe Sun reports that DIY SOS host Nick Knowles will stay at the BBC after “a TV ad he filmed for Shreddies was at odds with” the organisation’s rules. In a statement, the BBC and Knowles say they have “resolved the issue”.
image captionAnd physicist Prof Brian Cox appears as a hologram on the front page of the Daily Star, which alerts readers to fears that “everything we know about the universe could be wrong”.