Newspaper headlines: ‘Mask chaos’ and UK set to ‘sizzle’ in heatwave

Daily Mirror front page
The Mirror says there is “mask chaos” after mayors and political leaders across England called for face masks to continue to be worn on public transport, despite coronavirus rules easing from Monday. The paper says the prime minister’s plans to ditch face coverings on buses, trains and trams are in “tatters”.
Metro front page
The Metro points out Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is among the leaders calling for masks to stay, and says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps “urged rail firms to follow suit”.
The Times
The Times says firms are calling Covid rules a “mess” after the government said face masks “are expected to be worn in shops and at work and table service should remain in bars” after 19 July. Businesses say they are being “left in legal limbo”, according to the paper.
Daily Express front page
The Daily Express hails a “sizzling summer” on its front page. Next to a picture of people enjoying the sun on Bournemouth beach, the paper reports that a “£30bn staycation boom” is coinciding with a heatwave arriving this weekend.
The i paper
The prime minister has been accused of an “expensive vanity project” after a “Brexit jet” that was meant to promote the UK abroad has been “rarely used”, according to the i. The paper claims the plane, which it says had a “£900,000 paint job”, has carried out one promotional role in five months.
FT front page
The Financial Times says Covid is “wreaking havoc on industry”, with employees being told to stay at home by the NHS app. One business group boss tells the paper that some companies are missing 20% of their staff. It reports that several shifts at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland have been cancelled in recent weeks.
Daily Mail front page
A new report is recommending a “snack tax” on sugary and salty food, the Daily Mail reports. The paper says it could add £3.4bn to families’ shopping bills every year, with a 9p increase on Mars bars and 87p rise on boxes of Frosties. It reports that the money would be used to pay for GPs to prescribe fruit, vegetables and cookery classes.
Daily Telegraph front page
The Daily Telegraph says green taxes are likely to be introduced on motoring and flying. It comes as the transport secretary unveiled a decarbonisation plan and pledged every vehicle on the roads would be zero-emissions “within decades”, it says. It adds that motoring taxes could aim to offset the loss of fuel duty as the UK transitions to electric vehicles.
Guardian front page
There is “alarm” as the Amazon rainforest is now emitting more carbon dioxide than it is able to absorb, according to the Guardian. It says most of the emissions are caused by fires – and many are “deliberately set to clear land for beef and soy production”.
Daily Star front page
“Chin chin!” the Star exclaims on a front page full of balloons and alcoholic drinks. The paper reports that “blinding new research” suggests that there are health benefits from drinking two glasses of wine or a can of beer every day.
The Sun front page
The Sun has an interview with a man who was filmed “putting a lit flare in his bum” in London on Sunday. The paper says he was able to “stroll into” Wembley Stadium, where the Euro 2020 final was being held, without a ticket.

Many of Thursday’s papers focus on plans for what the Daily Mail calls “the world’s first tax on sugary and salty food”. The Mail suggests the proposed levy would add 9p on the price of a Mars Bar and 87p on a box of Frosties.

The Daily Telegraph calculates people’s annual shopping bill would go up by £172.

The Food Foundation charity tells the Daily Mirror that using the tax’s revenues to give another million children free school meals would help tackle what it calls the “astoundingly high levels of child food insecurity.”

But the Food and Drink Federation warns in the Financial Times that the taxes would “impact families who are already struggling”.

The Sun dubs it a “nanny state tax” suggesting the daily calories saved would equal half a digestive biscuit.

Fruit and vegetables

Online, the Independent says that the world’s largest food company, Unilever, is to put carbon footprint labels on its products. The firm, which makes PG Tips, Marmite and Magnum ice creams, will bring in the packaging in the UK next year.

After examining the details of the government’s green transport plan, the Telegraph points out that new taxes on motoring and flying are likely to be introduced. The AA suggests the Treasury would need to recoup £765 per car per year in lost fuel duty when electric vehicles become more widespread.

The Times reports on what it describes as the “business backlash” to the government’s latest Covid guidance. The expectation that face masks should still be worn in shops and at work – plus the retention of table service – has been criticised as a “real mess” and giving off “mixed messages”.

The British Dental Association tells the i it is awaiting advice but fears it will not get the mandatory requirements healthcare wants.

The Mirror dubs it “mask chaos” – saying the plan to ditch face coverings on transport was in “tatters” after six regional mayors said they would be compulsory in their areas.

The Financial Times highlights staff shortages created by self isolating workers – suggesting some firms have lost a fifth of their workers. The manufacturing body, Make UK, says it is affecting production.

According to the Times, plans to make NHS England’s contact tracing app less sensitive to cut the mass isolations has been put back until 16 August.

The Mail, meanwhile, says Whitehall staff are being spared self-isolation under a pilot scheme.

Red line

The Guardian looks at the latest research confirming the Amazon rainforest is now emitting more carbon dioxide than it is able to absorb. Most of the emissions come from fires, it says, started deliberately to clear areas for agriculture.

The i reports that what it calls the “PM’s Brexit jet” has flown only once in its promotional role in the past five months. The paper says since being repainted at a cost of £900,000, it is mainly used to refuel RAF fighter planes. The government blames the pandemic for its reduced service.

And according to the Telegraph, as more people return to their offices, a third of workers say they want to ditch formal dress codes. A survey of 600 adults suggests half would prefer smart-casual clothes and a tenth shorts and flip flops.

Source: BBC