Shops and close contact services in Perth and Kinross have been given the green light to open again on Monday.

Public buildings will also be able to reopen on April 26 after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the region would move to level three of COVID-19 restrictions.

Gyms and swimming pools will open for individual exercise.

Hospitality and the tourism industry will be able to partially reopen under the plans.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to open up outdoors while serving alcohol. Residents can meet with five other people from five other households.

However, indoor service will be restricted with no alcohol being sold and establishments having to end service at 8pm. The rules on meetings folk from other households will be restricted to six from two households.

The number of people allowed at events such as weddings and funeral will increase from 20 to 50.

Ms Sturgeon also indicated she expects the region to move to level two of restrictions on May 17, which could allow more indoor mixing.

She also said the move to level one was likely to happen on June 7.

Lateral flow tests will be made available from Monday to anyone in Perth and Kinross who wants one. Travel restrictions with the rest if the UK will be lifted although anyone wanting to visit the Scottish islands will need to take two lateral flow tests before they travel.

Ms Sturgeon said 60 per cent of the adult population of Scotland had now received at least one dose of the vaccine.