'Baby steps': How UK front pages reacted to Boris Johnson's lockdown statement

Yahoo News UK

The front pages of the UK’s national newspapers on Monday all unsurprisingly led with the previous day’s statement by Boris Johnson on Britain’s lockdown rules.

In it, the prime minister set out his “road map” on how the country will eventually look to ease itself out of its lockdown, which has been in place since 23 March.

Boris Johnson said the “stay home” slogan would be altered in England to urge people to instead “stay alert”, while businesses, unions and police have called for clarity on the easing of restrictions.

While some publications addressed the apparent confusion which remained after his speech, others proclaimed the statement as explaining “the long road to freedom”, with Britons finally shown the light at the end of the tunnel imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Daily Telegraph, for which Boris Johnson formerly wrote a column, printed an opinion piece suggesting his road map had 'vague directions'.
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The Sun referred to Boris Johnson's statement as 'Unlockdown' and highlighted the 'madness' of risking a second spike.
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Metro highlighted the 'confusion' over the prime minister's speech on its front page.
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The Scotsman said Johnson faced a 'backlash' over his message, after Nicola Sturgeon said she first read about the change to 'stay alert' in the Sunday newspapers.
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An editorial in The Times said the PM was hoping to signal 'a shift of emphasis, more than a radical change in the lockdown rules'.
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The i newspaper highlighted workers returning to their jobs, unlimited leisure time, and the possibility of primary schools reopening as the biggest developments.
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The Guardian was one of several publications to draw attention to the confusion from different parts of the UK after the message.
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The Daily Express referred to the prime minister's rule changes as 'baby steps', while also mentioning a 'green light' on driving long distances.
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The Daily Mirror's front page said the PM had introduced 'confusing' new rules for England as the rest of the UK stuck to stricter guidance.
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The Daily Mail said Johnson had 'kept the handbrake on' by introducing slightly amended measures.
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