New rules on travelling between council areas and people meeting outdoors have come into force as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased.

The Scottish government said the changes were designed to help reunite families and close friends.

It will now be possible to travel out of your local area for non-essential reasons and for six people from up to six households to meet up outdoors.

The relaxation had not been due to come into force until 26 April.

But the government said the changes were being made earlier in an effort to boost people’s mental health and wellbeing.

However, significant restrictions remain in place.

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