A new system of COVID restrictions will come into place across the country from midnight.
The priority from the government will be to keep schools open in as many circumstances as possible.
Five levels of restrictions will be announced that can be applied in different counties.
The cabinet meeting to approve the rules has just finished up (10.50am) and an announcement is expected in the next hour.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said this will provide a clear roadmap for the next nine months: