Glasgow will move down a lockdown level into Tier 3, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The city, along with ten other areas, will move out of level four, the highest tier of restrictions, on Friday evening.

It means non-essential shops can re-open before Christmas and hospitality businesses can re-open for food until 6pm but cannot serve alcohol.

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The First Minister said the change will take effect from 6pm on Friday, three weeks after it was imposed on November 20.

Ms Sturgeon said: “All 11 local authorities will move out of level four into level three on Friday."

The rules are a return to Glasgow’s restrictions before November 20.

A return to level three rules still means no household socialising indoors and a maximum of six people can meet outdoors from two households.

Close contact services like hairdressers and barbers can re-open with appropriate hygiene safeguards.

There should be essential travel only to and from level 3 or 4 areas in Scotland, and to and from the rest of UK.

Still no spectators are allowed in stadiums or events.

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Gyms can re-open under the sports and exercise rules, with indoors open for individual exercise only. Outdoors exercise venues can open for all except adult contact sports.

The latests statistics showed there had been 692 new cases of coronavirus.

There were people 983 in hospital, an increase of 9 and there were 57 people in intensive care a decrease of 2.

Ms Sturgeon also said there had been 33 deaths registered of a person who had tested positive for coronavirus in the last 28 days.