What are the latest Covid rules in Scotland?
Speaking to the BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programmethe first minister said it was difficult to be definitive about when the restrictions would be lifted. But she said it might be possible to ease some of the rules if the vaccination programme managed to push ahead of the virus in the "race" over the coming months.
Ms Sturgeon said: "Lockdown is about trying to slow down the virus and push rates of it back down.
Ms Sturgeon said the government did not yet have full certainty about supply schedules after this month, but said details were being firmed up all the time. And she said a "cautious prediction" would be that "we will have vaccinated the whole of the JCVI priority list by early May, which is everybody in Scotland above the age of 50 and people under 50 with underlying health conditions.
And Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to vaccinate people in the top four priority groups in England by mid-February - which would include everyone over the age of 70 and the most clinically vulnerable, as well as care home staff and residents and frontline health and social care workers. She said this could risk "undermining people's confidence in our ability to deliver" if it was not possible to meet the timetable.
Opposition parties have called on the Scottish government to publish daily vaccination figures so that the public can clearly see what progress is being made in the fight against Covid A further 2, new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours, about half of which are thought to be the new variant.
The of hospital patients confirmed to have coronavirus has also risen steeply to 1, an increase of over the past week. Of these patients, 93 are in intensive care, an increase of 28 in the same period, while a worwhip 11 deaths of people who had tested positive have been recorded. The Scottish Conservatives have warned that the attainment gap between richer and poorer pupils is poised to stretch even wider unless the Scottish government radically increase their support for learning at home.
The party says the government has had months to prepare for a return to remote learning, but that schools still do not have the necessary guidance and resources they need to provide equal access to high quality education. And Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the closure of schools had left working parents in a very difficult position. Ms Sturgeon said plans were being developed to extend testing for the virus in schools, but said it would be "wrong" to divert vaccine doses away from the most vulnerable people so they could be given to teachers instead.
Ms Sturgeon added: "We are trying to work out, within the overall programme, how quickly can we prioritise getting teachers and school staff vaccinated, so hohston have some discussions and some thinking still to do around that. MSPs passed legislation last month which contains contingency options for the election.
It could allow voting to take place on more than one day, though ministers do not expect this power will have to be used. What are the new lockdown rules?
This includes essential shopping, exercise, caring for someone, or if you are part of an extended household. Anyone able to work from home must do so, although those shielding to protect themselves from Covid should not go into work - even if they cannot work from home.
Schools will be closed to most pupils until 1 February at the earliest, meaning an additional two weeks of home learning for youngsters, in a move welcomed by teaching unions on Monday. Ms Sturgeon also revised the s of those allowed to gather outside to just two people from two different houstpn, instead of the limit of six people from two households.
However children aged 11 and under are not included in this limit and can still "play outdoors in larger groups, including in organised gatherings". From Friday, places of worship must close but can open to broadcast a service or conduct a funeral, wedding or civil partnership.
Foo maximum of 20 people can attend a funeral service but wakes are banned, while up to five people can attend weddings and civil partnership services. Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone also confirmed there will be "increased patrols" in Scotland's communities and said and officers will continue to act against anyone making "wilful breaches" of the law. Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles and several other islands currently remain at level three restrictions.