Nicola Sturgeon has today revealed the latest plan for Scotland to exit lockdown.

The First Minister told the Scottish Parliament that the exit would be "dependent on continuing to suppress the virus and roll out the vaccination programme".

She indicated key dates for when restrictions on households meeting up could be relaxed further and when the economy could see a gradual re-opening.

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Dates for non essential shops, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers were pencilled in for later in the the Spring.

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The key dates are in April and May. 

Sturgeon said that caution was still needed but that the progress of the vaccination programme and a reduction in the number of deaths and people in hospital would allow Scotland to begin to come out of lockdown.

She said vaccination was having "significant inpact on the number of deaths", with numbers halving in recent weeks.

She said the vaccine allows "greater confidence of the impact of the vaccine in suppressing the virus to allow coming out of lockdown".

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Key dates:

April 2

The end of the stay at home rule replaced by "stay local guidance" not to travel outside your local autority area.

April 5

Contact sports for 12 -17 year olds can return.

More students in Further Education will be able to return to on campus learning.

Begin a phased re-opening of non-essential retail.

Click and collect, homeware, car showrooms and garden centres can re-open.

Hairdressers and barbers can re open.

Sturgeon said that was the maximum possible thought to be able to open on that date.

By mid-April all nine priority groups, all over 50s, would have been offered the vaccine

April 26

All Level four areas move down to a modified Level three.

Restrictions on journeys lifted entirely on mainland Scotland.

All remaining retail to re-open.

All tourist accommodation can re-open.

Libraries, museums and galleries oepn.

Indoor gyms for individual exercise.

Work in people's homes can restart.

Driving lessons can resume.

Weddings  can take place with 50 people attending.

Outdoor socialising eased to allow six people from three housholds.

Hospitality can re-open, cafe restaurants outdoors, with alcohol permitted.

Limited indoor opening for serving of food up to 8pm with customer details

Sheilding people can return to work, anc college and university.

May 17

No other changes are expected until May 17 but then it is hoped indoor hospitality can open more normally and all areas move to level 2.

Adult outdoor contact sports can re-start.

Cinemas, bingo and outdoor and indoor events, on a small scale can re-start.

Further outdoor socialising will be permitted and people can meet in other people's homes in groups of four from two households.

Sturgeon said: "The hope is from early June all Scotland will move to Level one and by end of June all Scotland move to Level Zero. Those levels sill involve some restrictions.

"It is our fervent hope and tentatively increrasing expectation that vaccination and Test and Protect will allow us to keep Covid under much greater control."