First Minister outlines her routemap for lockdown easing in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon updated parliament on lockdown restrictions

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon updated parliament on lockdown restrictions

Marc Crothall, the chief executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, said: "The First Minister's announcement of an indicative timeline for the phased reopening of our tourism and hospitality sector will be massively welcomed by the sector today; it is the most positive news we have received in a long time".

Ms Sturgeon has said that the country is "heading in the right direction, but we can not afford to take our foot of the brake too soon", but went on to state that the Scottish Government "will not hesitate" to ease restrictions earlier if data supports it.

Mrs Foster said the outlook was "cautious but optimistic", adding: "Our responsibility to you is to look carefully at how we can improve the situation for you in a careful and sustainable way".

Primary students returned to the classroom full-time on Mar 15, with those in secondary having a mix of online and face-to-face lessons.

Allowing 12-17 year olds to meet outdoors in groups of six from up to six households.

While other non-essential shops are expected to return from April 26.

Bars and restaurants will be able to operate outdoors, with restrictions meaning indoor service will not be allowed to sell alcohol, while tourist accommodation will also be allowed to reopen.

The reopening of non-essential retail on 5 April will include barbers and salons, she told MSPs.

Alcohol will be allowed and there will be no requirement for food to be served.

Over in England, the lockdown exit date for non-essential has been set for no earlier than April 12.

The prohibition of in-home socialising will continue to be kept under review at this date.

Up to six people from no more than three households can socialise indoors while up to eight people from three households can socialise outdoors at this stage. Outdoor organised sport will also return.

At present, four adults from two households are able to meet up in outside spaces, including public spaces and private gardens and for those aged 12-17, meetings are limited to four people but will not be limited to two households.

Communal worship in Scotland will restart from March 26, with the limit for services rising from 20 people to 50.

And she called for the reopening of gyms to be brought forward so women in particular can "get out of the house and do basic exercise without fear".

Parts of Scotland in level 4 are expected to move to level 3, and restrictions on journeys within mainland Scotland are expected to be lifted entirely.

A "stay local" order will be in place until April 26, when current rules banning people from leaving their council areas will be removed, with plans to allow journeys to other parts of the United Kingdom on the same date.

"We can't wait to welcome customers back to the pub and start to rebuild our business - the Government can rely on us to do this safely and responsibly".

The Stay at Home order will be lifted on APRIL 2, although people will have to remain within their local authority area.

The aim is that by the end of June, there will be the lowest level of restrictions across the whole of Scotland.

"It is not possible to provide specific dates or details for coming out of lockdown beyond 17 May - that will depend on what impact there is from the changes already made - however my hope and ambition is that from early June, all of Scotland will effectively be in level 1 of the levels system, allowing for a further easing of restrictions - and possibly moving to level 0 in late June".

Joe Biden says Andrew Cuomo should resign if probe proves allegations