Ministers are gearing up for the announcement on Thursday of what restrictions will ease over the coming months.

They're also awaiting a decision on the roll-out of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

A number of big decisions are due to be made this week.

Over the next 48 hours India is likely to be added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list.

It's also hoped NIAC will come back with a recommendation today or tomorrow on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after further meetings today.

Tomorrow the cabinet holds its regular weekly meeting and will be updated on the Covid situation.

NPHET will meet on Wednesday morning to consider its advice to government on the re-opening of the country in May and beyond.

Health officials will brief a team of senior Ministers at the cabinet sub-committee that evening.

Then on Thursday the full cabinet will meet to sign off on the easing of restrictions through May, and a roadmap for what June and July will look like.

Fianna Fáil Ministers have played down how much detail will be in the plan for later in the summer.

Most of the plans have been well flagged in advance - including the return of religious services, retail, the full construction sector and personal services like hairdressers.

There is discussion ongoing about extra outdoor activities that may be allowed next month.

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