Your morning briefing: What you should know for Tuesday, January 12 – Evening Standard

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upermarkets to enforce wearing of masks in stores 

Morrisons said that customers who refuse to wear a mask without a medical exemption will be told to leave stores, despite police officers raising concerns over how the rule will be challenged.

It came as the Met Police Commissioner has warned coronavirus rule-breakers they are “increasingly likely” to face fines as forces move “more quickly” to enforce lockdown restrictions.

United Arab Emirates added to UK’s travel quarantine list

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the measures will apply to anyone who arrives in the UK from the UAE after 4am today.

Dubai has recently come under the spotlight after a number of UK-based athletes tested positive for the virus following trips there.

2020 worst year on record for retail 

Retailers suffered their worst annual performance on record in 2020 as a Christmas uplift failed to stop sales for the year slumping lower, new figures show.

Total sales fell 0.3 per cent for the year against 2019, representing the worst year-on-year change since the survey started in 1995.

The slump was driven by a 5 per cent plunge in non-food sales as fashion, lifestyle and homeware retailers were impacted by the enforced closure of non-essential stores for large parts of the year.

FBI warns of armed protests in all state capitals stoking fears of more pro-Trump violence

The FBI has warned of armed protests set to be held across the US in the days before Joe Biden is sworn in as president.

Its warning has led to fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the US Capitol.

Investigators believe some of the people are members of extremist groups, the officials said.

Rebekah Vardy reveals she put Dancing on Ice partner in hospital

Vardy, who is married to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, is teamed with pro skater Andy Buchanan for the ITV show.

She said: “It was awful; I think I’ve just come to terms with scarring his face.”

On this day…

1628: Charles Perrault, French writer and collector of fairy tales was born in Paris. His Tales Of Mother Goose included Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Puss In Boots.

1866: The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded.

1879: The British-Zulu War began.

1948: The London Co-op opened the first supermarket in Britain at Manor Park.

1959: Henry Cooper became the British and European heavyweight boxing champion when he defeated Brian London on points.

1960: Nevil Shute, popular author, notably of A Town Like Alice, died in Melbourne, Australia, where he had emigrated in 1950.

1970: Nigeria’s civil war ended when the Biafran army surrendered.

1976: Dame Agatha Christie, the world’s most successful detective story writer, died, aged 85.

1982: Mark Thatcher disappeared in the Sahara while on the Paris-Dakar rally. He was later spotted by a search plane and rescued.

1987: Prince Edward resigned from the Royal Marines.

1990: The break-up of the USSR began as the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania prepared for secession.

2010: A severe 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. The confirmed death toll rose above 150,000 in the Port-au-Prince area alone. 

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