The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has revealed that the Scottish Government could ease coronavirus restrictions next week if cases and deaths fall further.
Legally, the lockdown must be looked at by Ministers every three weeks and the next review is set to take place on May 28.
The Scottish Government will publish a road map on how the country will exit lockdown on Thursday.
Nicola Sturgeon said: “We will aim to allow more outdoor activity such as sitting in the park, meeting up outdoors with someone from another household as long as you stay socially distanced.
“We will also allow the opening of garden and waste centres, some limited sporting activity and outdoor work.”
The route map on Thursday will also unveil the plans for getting some children back to school and the guidance for key industries on the changes they need to make to keep employees and customers safe.
However, Scots are being warned they must continue to follow the strict rules on staying at home except for essential purposes in order for any changes to happen.
She added: “It won’t be normality exactly as we knew it because the virus won’t have gone away, but it will be a journey to a better balance, I hope, than the one we have today.
“Sticking with the lockdown restrictions a bit longer to suppress the virus is so important because that will mean that we can start to take the steps with the confidence that we are keeping it under control.”