THE toughest coronavirus restrictions will end in Stirling this Friday.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed Stirling will move down to Level Three restrictions from Friday, December 11.

It means non-essential shops and a range of other businesses will be able to re-open.

Retail premises will be allowed to open up from 6am while other restrictions will be eased from 6pm.

It comes after infection rates decreased in the area.

The weekly rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in Stirling went down to 81.7 by December 3.

Stirling is among 11 local authority areas which moved under the strictest restrictions earlier.

Speaking in Holyrood today, December 8, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, urged people to remain cautious.

She said: “There's no doubt that the easing of restrictions that the exit from Level Four involves will give the virus more opportunities to spread.

“In light of that, we have decided to take a cautious approach and apply Level Three protection to all of these local authority areas for a period.

“We will observe the data carefully before determining in the weeks ahead if and when those 11 local authorities should move to Level Two.”

Travel restrictions will remain in place and people should still not travel in and out of Level Three areas unless essential.

Hospitality businesses will be required to close their doors by 6pm.

Click here for the full detail on Level Three restrictions.