Nicola Sturgeon is set to lay out what life in the lowest tier of Scotland will look like (Image: Getty Images)
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Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland will remain unchanged next week, Nicola Sturgeon has announced, while hoping that lockdown can finally be eased by July 19.
Under the Scottish Government's plans, the country was meant to move to Level 0 from June 28 – with all restrictions to be lifted by August 9 if possible.
However, the First Minister said in an update from Holyrood that restrictions would remain unchanged to allow for more people to have the second dose of the vaccine and minimise hospitalisation from Covid-19.
It comes as Scotland recorded four new coronavirus deaths and 2,167 new cases in the past 24 hours.
Ms Sturgeon did grant some "minor but important" changes to weddings, such as live music being allowed but guests must stay seated.
While those accompanying couples down the aisle no longer have to wear a mask.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader also announced suppliers for weddings will no longer count towards the headcount, which is capped at 50 in level 2 and 100 at level one.
As long as data warrants it, restrictions could be finally be eased on July 19, the First Minister said, as she set out what life could look like once all areas of Scotland move to level 0 of restrictions.
"I want to be clear that what we're about to set out represent our best judgement of what is likely to strike a sensible balance," Ms Sturgeon said.
The First Minister will give an idea of what people can expect once the whole of Scotland hits level 0 of restrictions
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Easing of restrictions is likely to see weddings and funerals being able to have up 200 guests, while limits on outdoor gatherings will be lifted.
It will also see indoor social distancing reducing from two metres to one, Ms Sturgeon said.
At Level 0 people can meet socially in groups of eight people from four households in their homes or up to ten people from four households in public places like cafes or pubs.
Level 0 is the lowest in Scotland's five-tier system. It is only currently in place in the island authorities of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, with all mainland areas having either Level 1 or Level 2 restrictions applied.
When it comes to working from home, the Scottish leader said her government will not immediately recommend a return to office working when all restrictions are lifted.
MSPs were told the government wold work with business to devise a phased plan for the return of staff to offices, the Daily Record reports.
Ms Sturgeon said: "While recognising that a return to the workplace will be right for many, we will encourage continued support for home working where it is possible and appropriate.
It comes a week after Sturgeon announced a three-week delay to easing lockdown
"This won't just assist with control of the virus, it will also help promote well-being more generally.
"However, I think many would agree that, as a general principle, home-working should be more possible post Covid than it was before."
Ms Sturgeon had previously told MSP of her plans to delay easing: "Given the current situation – and the need to get more people fully vaccinated before we ease up further – it is reasonable to indicate now that I think it unlikely that any part of the country will move down a level from June 28.
"Instead, it is likely that we will opt to maintain restrictions for a further three weeks from June 28 and use that time to vaccinate – with both doses – as many more people as possible.
"Doing that will give us the best chance, later in July, of getting back on track and restoring the much greater normality that we all crave."
Ahead of Ms Sturgeon's speech, figures showed Scotland recorded four new coronavirus deaths and 2,167 new cases in the past 24 hours.
It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 7,696.
The daily test positivity rate has jumped to 9.1%, up from 7.2% the previous day, according to figures published by the Scottish Government on Tuesday.
Public Health Scotland said there were approximately 15 additional cases in NHS Grampian due to delayed reporting.
There were 171 people in hospital on Monday with recently confirmed Covid-19, and 18 people in intensive care.
So far 3,664,571 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccination and 2,602,753 have received their second dose