Image caption A picture of Prime Minister Boris Johnson holding his head as he wears a bright blue face mask takes up much of the Guardian’s front page. Like many of the newspapers, it leads on news that shoppers in England will be required to wear a facial covering or face a fine.
Image caption The Daily Star takes a stronger stance on face masks announcing “It’s about bleedin’ time!” and mocking up an image of the prime minister as a clown (called Bozo) because the paper says that “we have had months of clowning around”.
Image caption “Face it! You HAVE to put on a mask” is the headline for the Metro. Retail staff will not be responsible for enforcing the rule, the paper says.
Image caption The Daily Mail says that the announcement on face masks “may anger those who find them uncomfortable or dislike the idea of state compulsion”. It also finds a “libertarian Tory MP” who, it says, has vowed to stop shopping rather than join the ranks of mask wearers.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph leads on the masks announcement but its front page also carries a story about the prime minister agreeing to demands to ban Chinese firm Huawei from the 5G network. Cartoonist Matt deftly combines the two stories, depicting a man who says he has bought a tiny mask for his phone to prevent the spread of Huawei.
Image caption To really get the message across to readers, the Daily Express underlines the word “will” in its headline “You will have to wear masks in shops”. The paper also carries a story about a gin going on sale with botanicals taken from the Queen’s garden at Buckingham Palace.
Image caption Two deaths in US showbiz families are highlighted on the front page of the Daily Mirror. John Travolta speaks of his “heavy heart” at his wife’s loss. And the paper says the death at 27 of Elvis Presley’s only grandson. Benjamin Keough. is part of the “Curse of Elvis”.
Image caption The Times leads on the story that Britain is set to send one of its new aircraft carriers to the Far East to “confront China”. The £3.1bn HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to carry out exercises with allies in the region including the US and Japan.
Image caption Brexit is the focus for the Financial Times, which warns that businesses face a £7bn-a-year red tape bill over Michael Gove’s border plan. The paper says “post-Brexit bureaucracy” will mean companies trading in Europe will have to fill out an extra 215m customs declarations each year. The front age also features a picture of Polish president Andrzej Duda who won a second term in a closely fought contest.

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