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The Papers: ‘Mask muddle’ and Brexit publicity ‘blitz’

Image caption “Clear up the mask muddle,” is the headline for the Metro, which says “mixed messages” on face coverings are causing confusion. The paper quotes Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove as saying “good manners” were enough to persuade people to wear face coverings in places such shops, suggesting they do not need to be made compulsory in England. Just 36 hours earlier, a mask-clad Boris Johnson promised “a crackdown on avoiders”, the paper adds.
Image caption Meanwhile, the i reports that peers are planning to challenge ministers to stop customers smoking outdoors in return for allowing pubs and cafes to serve drinks in extended pavement areas. Campaigners are warning the bid to boost the Covid-hit hospitality sector “must not be at the expense of public health”, according to the paper.
Image caption The Guardian carries a warning that councils in England are likely to shed thousands of jobs and cut services because of lost income from multi-billion pound investments in office blocks, retail parks, airports and cinemas. With the lockdown forcing many of these locations to shut, the paper say councils’ rents and other revenues have been hit.
Image caption The Daily Express leads on what it describes as a “£93m publicity blitz” to get the UK ready for Brexit. The “Let’s Get Going” campaign has been masterminded by Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and is being launched by the government on Monday, the paper reports.
Image caption The Times has a less optimistic take on the story, warning that the post-Brexit era will bring a rise in holiday insurance costs. The government information campaign aims to raise awareness about how travelling to the continent will be different for Britons from next year, including changes to mobile phone roaming charges and advice on travelling with pets, the paper reports. Travel insurance premiums are also expected to rise once eligibility for free healthcare in EU countries ends, it adds.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph also leads with a story about the UK’s post-Brexit future, previewing the government’s plans for its new points-based immigration system, which will replace freedom of movement from next year. Under the rules, which Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out on Monday, foreign criminals sentenced to more than a year in jail will be banned from Britain, the paper reports.
Image caption The Financial Times reports that the government is planning to withhold power to control state aid from the UK’s devolved nations when the Brexit transition period ends. The paper says the proposal, which would give Westminster powers to control policies for the entire UK, is expected to appear in a bill this autumn – a move it says would “outrage” Scotland and Wales.
Image caption The Daily Mail says it has new evidence of what it describes as “Beijing’s infiltration” of the British establishment. The paper says a leading figure in a Chinese group allegedly created to groom foreign elites has been pictured with five British prime ministers – including Boris Johnson and Tony Blair. Zhirong Hu is a director of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, which is reportedly controlled by the country’s Communist party, according to the Mail.
Image caption “Time to honour our Jack”, declares the Daily Mirror, which leads with calls from Jack Charlton’s brother Tommy for him to be posthumously knighted. The England World Cup winner and former Leeds defender died on Friday aged 85.
Image caption The Daily Star reports that Coronation Street character Todd Grimshaw is to return to the show. However, the paper says bosses have ruled out a comeback for the actor who originally played the role, Bruno Langley, who was axed after being convicted of sexually assaulting two women in a bar in Manchester. Instead the role will be recast.

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