Extra funding worth £5.5 million has been announced to help pharmacies stay open during the coronavirus epidemic, as their workloads have nearly doubled.
The Scottish Government said increased prescriptions, staff overtime and a higher level of consultations had led to additional pressures on community pharmacies in March.
The money will go towards additional staff hours, prescriptions and modifications like protective screens.
Pharmacists are also able to treat more people for minor ailments through an extended scheme.
It is hoped pharmacies will be able to stay open on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “I want to thank all community pharmacy teams for their incredible hard work throughout this pandemic. They are doing an invaluable job to ensure people continue to receive vital medicines and care through this period of unprecedented challenge for the NHS.
“Given the exceptional situation we are in, I have taken the unusual step of asking community pharmacies to remain open on Good Friday and Easter Monday – where it is possible to do so. This will help to alleviate some pressure from out-of-hours services.
“Working with the Community Pharmacy Scotland we have agreed this initial package of additional funding for community pharmacies to help them meet some of the costs of responding to Covid-19 and to allow them to continue to meet the increased demand on their crucial services.”