Scotland's papers: Economy shrinks 20% and back to school plans

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The Herald focuses on Friday's GDP figures, which showed the UK economy shrunk by 20.4% in April - the biggest contraction on record. It says the first minister has been told it's "time to open up" the country.
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The Scottish Daily Mail front page also warns of a coming "economic disaster". It says pressure is growing to reduce the 2m rule to 1m in an attempt to save jobs.
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The Aberdeen Evening Express front page looks at how local schools will work when pupils return after the summer holidays. It says two thirds of kids will still work from home.
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Plans to reopen schools also make the front page of The Scotsman. It reports that some Scottish pupils will only be in the classroom for one day a week when the new term starts.
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The Daily Telegraph says that the "squabbling" SNP puts education at risk. It says SNP ministers are refusing to pay for extra teachers and classrooms to teach effectively when schools reopen, according to the EIS teachers' union.
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Representatives of the Scottish and Welsh governments boycotted the UK's Brexit talks on Friday night after Michael Gove ignored their calls to push back EU withdrawal due to the coronavirus crisis, The National says.
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The 2m rule is one area of policy where ministers and scientists are beginning to disagree, the i newspaper reports. The paper also reports its own analysis showing the number of top medics and scientists at the No 10 daily briefings has more than halved since the start of June, while the number of non-medical experts has gradually increased.
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A grieving widower has told Dundee's Evening Telegraph that loved ones lost during the coronavirus pandemic are being given "pauper's funerals" because of lockdown rules. David Nicol's wife Patricia died in May after contracting coronavirus while she was being treated for cancer.
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The family of a man who died unexpectedly earlier this month have paid tribute to him in the Glasgow Times. They say Gary Fadian, 45, was "loved by so many people" and his family have urged other men to seek help when they need it.
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The Press and Journal carries an interview with a woman who said she feels "lucky to be alive" after contracting coronavirus while waiting for her hands to be amputated in hospital. 39-year-old Joleen Ritchie says: "I'm not the kind of person to give up, I've still got a lot of my life to live".
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A mum who welcomed her thirteenth child on the day before the UK went into lockdown has told the Daily Record that it has been "a bit of a nightmare" at times to get supplies for the large family but that despite it being "hectic" at home it's "brilliant". "We wouldn't change it for the world", she adds.
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Meanwhile, on its front page, the Daily Star offers its readers pictures of historical statues to cut out, but its main story is on stars of pantomimes who fear they will fall victim to the coronavirus.
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A photo of the boarded-up statue of Winston Churchill in London's Parliament Square makes the front of several papers. The Daily Express calls the covering of the statue "absurd and shameful", and describes PM Boris Johnson as furious after he issued a statement on the matter. The paper says the prime minister made a "passionate defence" of the wartime hero.
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The Scottish Sun says that two Royal Marines have appeared in court after being charged with drugs offences. The paper claims that the arrests were made following a search at Faslane, the home of the UK's nuclear submarine fleet.

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