Nicola Sturgeon will be providing further updates for the Scottish public today ahead of a a five-tier lockdown system coming into force on November 2.

Yesterday, MSPs approved the new system which will see local authority areas placed into one five levels of restrictions.

MSPs debated the plans over three hours at parliament, eventually passing the package in a vote.

Sturgeon is expected to outline finer details over the coming days.

Schools are slated to remain open in all levels, with hygiene measures increasing depending on the tier.

Travel into and out of areas higher than Level 3 will also be advised against in most cases.

Last night it was confirmed that all hospitality premises will be able open across the central belt during the day.

The controversial definition of a cafe is being removed by the  Scottish Government, after a backlash, meaning all premises can operate in the day up to 6pm without selling alcohol.

At level 2, which currently covers the rest of Scotland, hospitality premises can sell  alcohol  indoors with a main meal up to 8pm instead of 6pm, allowing scope for evening meals.

Pandemic brought pay cut for 45% of Scots workers

Almost half of all workers in Scotland had their pay cut as coronavirus hit the country, a new report has found.

The IPPR Scotland think tank spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on people’s finances - but also warned the pandemic would still pose a “significant threat to lives and livelihoods across Scotland for some time to come”.

The new Weathering the Winter Storm report told how coronavirus had “exacerbated financial insecurity for families across Scotland”, adding many more people were now affected by this.

It called for urgent action from the Scottish and UK governments to tackle the problem, urging Westminster to make the temporary increase in benefits permanent and also consider how it can provide “additional support for families with children”.

The Scottish Government is being challenged to invest a further £40 million to help low-income families with children this winter, with measures such as a new winter school clothing grant suggested.

The think tank also wants Holyrood ministers to work with lenders, energy providers, councils and housing associations to establish a Covid-19 arrears package - which could combine debt writes-offs and interest-free loans to help those who have built up arrears and debts in household bills during the pandemic.

Police in Scotland called to break up 3000 house parties

Police in Scotland have been called to break up hundreds of house parties every week despite a ban on households meeting indoors, data shows.

Figures obtained by BBC Scotland through a freedom of information request showed that between August 28 and October 14 police officers were called out to 3,052 illegal gatherings.

The BBC reported that a third of the incidents happened after the ban on indoor visits, which had been in place in large parts of central Scotland, was extended nationwide on September 23.

There have been 83 arrests and more than 420 fines have been issued. Police were granted powers to break up large house parties being held in breach of coronavirus restrictions on August 28.

The five tiers of Scotland's new lockdown explained

MSPs have approved a five-tier system of lockdown in Scotland which will come into force on November 2.

MSPs debated the plans over three hours at parliament, eventually passing the package in a vote.

The new system will see local authorities placed into one of five levels of restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon yesterday gave an indication of what to expect across the country but final details will be set out in the coming days.

More details on what each tier means can be found here.