Nicola Sturgeon has announced a tightening of some lockdown restrictions.

Giving the three weekly review of the legislation, the First Minister said: "It must still be our aim to keep the virus as low as possible."

The changes apply to gatherings and the re-opening of some services and activity has been delayed. 

The change to gatherings mean a maximum of six people from two households can meet together. It applies indoors and outdoors.

But under 12s do not count towards the limit and outdoor sports are excluded.

The limit of 20 for weddings and funerals remains in place.

Ms Sturgeon said:  "I am asking people to abide by the rules immediately but it becomes law on Monday.

In Glasgow however, the rule is not to visit other households at all.

Provisional changes were due on Monday but she said they must be pasued until Monday October 5.

It means there will be no return to sports stadiums for fans but the pilots this weekend can go ahead.

Theatres, live music and indoor soft play and indoor contact sports cannot re open yet.

Offices and call centres will not open before October 1.

She said: "A full return to office working risks a significant acceleration of covid transmission."

Ms Sturgeon said we cannot move to the next stage of exiting lockdown.

She said: "We remain in phase three and said that is "Likely to be the case for some time".

She revealed the R number estimate is a high as 1.5.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The pandemic is at this stage accelerating again."

"I understand how hard this is for everybody and young people in particular and it is not their fault."

She said it is more likely younger people are exposed to the virus.

She also revelad it will be mandatory for customers to wear face coverings in pubs and restaurants when moving around and going to the toilet.