First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Ayrshire's three council areas will be placed into Level 3 of the Scottish Government's new Covid alert system.

The announcement was made in the Scottish Parliament today with measures taking effect from 6am on Monday, November 2.

Under the arrangements, councils are designated to be either Level 0 (least restrictive), Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 (close to a full lockdown).

East, North and South Ayrshire local authority regions will go into the second-highest level and the situation will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Here is what Level 3 status means for people across Ayrshire and Arran...

●No in-home socialising (limited exceptions).

●Outdoor socialising limited to six people from two households in public places and hospitality settings like cafes.

●No non-essential travel into or out of Tier 3 area. Exemptions include going to work or school/further education; shopping; health matters; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; shared parenting and transit through restricted areas.

●Avoid car sharing and non-essential use of public transport, where face coverings are compulsory. Walk, run, cycle or wheel wherever possible.

●Close-contact businesses such as hairdressers and barbers can remain open but may be subject to additional protective measures. Mobile close-contact services not permitted.

●Events are not permitted and stadia/grounds remain closed to spectators.

●Places of worship are open to a maximum of 50 people.

●Weddings/civil partnerships – limit of 20 people.

●Funerals, wakes and receptions – limit of 20 people.

●Early Learning Centres and formal childcare can continue with enhanced protective measures in place.

●Informal childcare can continue in line with the household numbers restrictions.

●Schools will remain open but with enhanced protective measures.

●Restricted blended learning for university and college students.

●Indoor exercise for individuals only, exemptions apply for those under the age of 18.

●Outdoor sport permitted with the exception of contact sport for adults (18+). Professional sports exempt.

●Leisure and entertainment venues and facilities closed.

●Driving lessons are permitted to continue.

●Visitor attractions may be outdoor-only open.

●Public buildings such as libraries can be open with protective measures.

●Essential face-to-face public services only but should be online if possible.

●Essential workers only for offices/call centres, working from home should be facilitated.

●Workplaces can remain open but working from home should be default option.