First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined how Scotland will relax lockdown restrictions in the coming months. 

Speaking to the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister says the country will move back to a level system from the first week in April. 

From the last week of April, a phased but significant reopening of the economy will begin, including non-essential retail. 

A progressive easing of level four restrictions at intervals of at least three weeks will now take place, with the main priority the returning of schools.

From March 15, the next phase of school return will begin, as well as the restarting of outdoor non-contact group sports for 12-17-year-olds, and an increase in outdoor household mixing to four people from two households. 

From April 5, it is hoped that the 'Stay at Home' message will be lifted, as well as any final phase of school return, and further household mixing for six people from two households outdoors. 

655 new cases of covid-19 have been confirmed across Scotland in the last 24 hours, with a further 56 deaths from the virus.