Pavement cafes and beer gardens can open from this Monday, July 6.
Ms Sturgeon also announced that children under the age of 12 would no longer need to maintain physical distancing from other households, while 12-17 year-old would be able to meet up an unrestricted number of times per day within their two household/eight individual group limits outdoors but must still maintain physical distancing.
Following the introduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport, the measure will be extended to include retail settings from Friday, July 10, in line with expected changes to other lockdown measures on that date.
Announcing that social distancing was being abolished for the under-11s, she said: "This will enable you to play more normally with friends, which I hope you will enjoy".
"Face coverings will be mandatory", said Ms. Sturgeon, adding: "This is not a decision we have taken lightly".
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"Ahead of phase three, we will work with key sectors - initially that will be hospitality, retail and public transport - to agree the mitigation that will be required and to finalise detailed guidance and, in doing that, we will also work very closely with trade unions".
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed beer gardens can open from Monday, with self-catering accommodation able to welcome tourists from tomorrow.
"What we are witnessing across the country is a sharp reminder just how highly infectious Covid -19 is, and how vital it is that we proceed with care and caution".
The first minister mentioned the "normal information will continue being unchanged" and that "as considerably as achievable" persons really should continue to be 2m absent from other households. Get out and about a bit more if you can and are able.
On social distancing measures, she said sticking to the two-metre rule has "serious economic implications".
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"Taking all of this into account the Scottish Government has reached the following conclusions".
Across the north of Scotland only NHS Grampian recorded fresh positive tests for the virus in the past 24 hours.
NHS Highland, Tayside, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles all reported no new positive tests since yesterday.
Last night there were 439 people in Scottish hospitals who were being treated for confirmed Covid-19 infections - down from 450 the previous day.
This week's figures also saw the excess death total - those who died not just because of Covid-19 - fall below the five year average for the first time since March.More news: RIDEAU HALL: Police operation 'resolved safely'