Scotland will enter a five-tier coronavirus alert system next month, with a degree of forced hospitality closure in the top two tiers, first Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Adding a further two levels to England’s tiering system – one at the top and one at the bottom – Scotland’s approach will start at a baseline level 0, which will be “the closest to normality that we think we can safely get to.”

At level 0, hospitality businesses will be able to trade, although some time restrictions may apply, and up to eight people from three households will be permitted to meet indoors.

At level 1, indoor meetings will be reduced to six people from two households, and hospitality will be able to trade under the same restrictions as level 0.

Level 2 restrictions will reflect those currently in place outside of the central belt, with a ban on gatherings inside homes, curfews on hospitality and indoor alcohol sales only permitted with a main meal.

At level 3, both indoor and outdoor alcohol sales will be banned, and whilst food sales will be allowed within certain times, the level of restrictions will mean much of hospitality will be forced to close completely.

Level 4 will see a complete shutdown in hospitality and non-essential retail, although six people from up to two households will still be able to meet outdoors.

Across all five levels, businesses required to close by law will be eligible for grants of either £2,000 or £3,000, depending on rateable value, for every four weeks that they have to remain closed.

Businesses able to open but unable to trade normally will be eligible for grants of £1,400 or £2,100 for every four weeks that restrictions are in place, also dependent on rateable value.

The support will come on top of that already offered UK-wide through the Jobs Support Scheme, but Sturgeon emphasised the need for further funding guarantees from the Treasury so Scotland’s grant scheme can continue for “as long as necessary.”

The new measures will be subject to changes before they are implemented, with opposition parties and business leaders invited to put forward proposals ahead of a parliamentary vote on the framework on Tuesday (27 October).

From 2 November, the finalised framework will be applied by region and reviewed on a weekly basis.

“We must strike the best balances we can in the interests of minimising the overall harm that the pandemic is causing, not just in Scotland but in countries across the world,” she said.

“But it is important to stress this fact, if we allow the virus to run out of control, all of the other harms I have talked about will be exacerbated. They will be made worse.

“Everything we do must be consistent with suppressing COVID as far as we possibly can.”