Scotland's papers: Third of working Scots furloughed and 'Barmageddon'

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The Scotsman
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A few of Friday's front pages look at the state of Scotland's economy in the wake of coronavirus. The Scotsman is one of them, leading with the news that a third of Scotland's workers are being supported by the state through the furlough scheme. This equates to about a quarter of a million jobs, the paper reports.
Daily Record
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"Barmageddon" is the dramatic headline in the Daily Record as it reports that tourism bosses fear the loss of 100,000 hospitality jobs in Scotland. It goes on to say that bars and restaurants will struggle to survive under social distancing rules.
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The two metre social distancing rule is the subject of the Scottish Daily Mail's lead story, which says "scrap 2m rule to save Scottish jobs". It says that pubs, restaurants and hotels would find it "impossible to operate financially" unless the requirement is scrapped.
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The Scottish Daily Express claims Nicola Sturgeon was "too slow" in getting Scotland's economy going again. Reporting comments by an SNP adviser, it says the first minister has made a "fatal error" and that delays in getting economy up and running may "ruin more lives that the virus".
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The Herald also leads on the furlough figures, adding that seven out of 10 self-employed Scots also sought help from the government during the crisis. The paper also carries three pictures of Conservative MSP Brian Whittle who spoke emotionally in the Scottish parliament about witnessing racism.
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"Sturgeon shifts focus to economy" says the i newspaper's headline. It says the first minister has acknowledged that leaving lockdown too slowly could do "unnecessary damage" to the economy.
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"Sturgeon's lockdown 'could kill businesses'" is the headline for the Scottish edition of the Daily Telegraph. It also pictures the statue of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell which campaigners are attempting to save from being dismantled in the wake of worldwide anti-racism demonstrations.
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Local business is the focus of the Fife edition of The Courier which reveals almost 38,000 locals are relying on furlough payments. Business leaders in the area want targeted industry support before the end of the furlough scheme which could bring mass redundancies.
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It's a different coronavirus response slant on the front of the National, which reports that Health Secretary Jeane Freeman's "can't understand" why the UK Government has not held a Cobra meeting on Covid-19 since 10 May. She was speaking at a virtual meeting of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster where she was asked if the four-nations approach was "dead".
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The Daily Star of Scotland claims it is a "Dyb dyb dob dob ding dong" over the Baden-Powell statue row.
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The Evening Telegraph leads with "fake" Black Lives Matter leaflets discovered in Dundee. The paper claims "white racists" are responsible for the "kill a cop" posters.
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The Sun carries an interview with Harry Potter author JK Rowling's first husband.
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The P&J reports on calls for extra financial help in the Highlands. The paper says the area needs to be treated as a special case for help as tourism operators emerge from lockdown, according to a leading industry figure.
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The Glasgow Times reports that a man was released by police following an online group's "sting" at a tower block in Glasgow.
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The Evening News reveals plans for a redevelopment of Aberdeen city centre to fit in with social distancing rules and create extra space for pedestrians.
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And the Edinburgh News leads with the headline "We're not going to the zoo tomorrow". As zoos open up in England, Edinburgh Zoo warns its future is in danger if lockdown continues.

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