Face masks to become compulsory in takeaways
New mask laws come into force tomorrow. And The Telegraph understands that customers will be required to wear a face covering in takeaways and sandwich shops. It has also emerged that buying food from the counter and then sitting down to eat inside the shop will be banned. Takeaways with seating inside will be counted as shops, where masks will become compulsory. Today, the Government will publish its guidance on masks for businesses and Health Secretary Matt Hancock will publish an order that will amend the law to make face coverings compulsory in shops. People without one will face fines of up to £100. Deputy Political Editor Anna Mikhailova has our full report. Confused about the new rules? We explain everything you need to know about where to wear masks – and who is exempt. Shane Watson has identified nine unexpected perks of wearing a mask. And Matt imagines the church fête in the era of the mask for today’s cartoon.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will today tell Scots that being part of the Union saved 900,000 jobs north of the border and “kept the wolves at bay”. On his first visit to Scotland since December’s general election, the Prime Minister will say the “sheer might of our Union” has helped protect Scotland during the pandemic. Despite polls showing a surge in support for independence and Nicola Sturgeon’s approval ratings, Mr Johnson said the Union was “stronger than ever” and reaffirmed his “unwavering commitment” to defending it. Read on for more.
Britain seeks to blame EU for Brexit deal failure
The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator will offer to hold an emergency round of talks next week as Britain tries to avoid blame for any failure to agree a trade deal. Formal talks in London between David Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier will end today, with neither side believing the current deadlock will be broken this week. Political Editor Gordon Rayner explains how officials in both camps are not prepared to give ground on key issues – including fishing rights and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Meanwhile, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard believes the EU has set itself up for another saga of recrimination and failure by overstating the true economic value of its €750bn Covid-19 fund.
Trump: ‘Ask Prince Andrew about Epstein island’
Donald Trump told reporters to “ask Prince Andrew” about what happened at Jeffrey Epstein’s “cesspool” private island when questioned by reporters, a newly unearthed interview reveals. In 2015, before he became US president, Mr Trump was asked about Epstein and the alleged sexual abuse that took place on Little St James, the disgraced financier’s Caribbean island. He said: “That island was really a cesspool, there’s no question about it, just ask Prince Andrew – he’ll tell you about it.” US Correspondent Josie Ensor has more from New York.
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Pompeo on ‘the tools’ to tackle China | The West is not ready for the “current confrontation” with China, the US secretary of state has said as he suggested that Nato needed more resources to counter any threat. Speaking to British MPs, Mike Pompeo said Washington had provided “extra money” to help the Western military alliance understand the “strength of the Chinese military”. But he pointed out none of the MPs had suggested an “appropriate mechanism” for dealing with Beijing.
Around the world: Mask force in Indonesia
Indonesian police officers stand guard in Jakarta as workers protest against an omnibus bill submitted to the House of Representatives on job creation that they believe will deprive workers of their rights. View a gallery of more striking pictures of the day from around the world.
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‘Out on a limb’ | Rishi Sunak has been accused of abandoning more than a million workers without coronavirus support after refusing to shut down loopholes in vital rescue schemes. The Chancellor ruled out expanding either the furlough scheme or a lifeline for the self-employed.
‘We’ve been waiting a long time’ | After 30 years, Liverpool collected the Premier League trophy on 96 points. The poignancy was not lost by those affiliated to the club, the figure resonating so deeply at Anfield. Read Chris Bascombe‘s report after the club celebrated in style.
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Why Amazon will win $2 trillion race | Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet have passed $1 trillion, but Jeff Bezos is set to cross the next milestone first. Read the full article by Robin Pagnamenta