Ministers meet this evening to discuss how quickly the hospitality sector can open.

There is speculation in political circles that outdoor pubs could open as early as the last week in May.

Among the proposals to be considered by senior Ministers tonight is a move to allow pubs and restaurants to serve outdoor from the 24th of May.

It would allow the likes of beer gardens and terraces to return in less than a month.

But the proposal is far from certain, with some sources in government saying they expect it to be June before there's a return for the hospitality sector.

It's already been signaled hotels and B&B's will be looked at for June.

The inter-county travel ban should also be lifted that month.

All this will be considered at the cabinet sub-committee tonight alongside the easing of restrictions for May - which will include the return of retail, barbers, hairdressers, beauticians, museums, libraries, commercial construction and outdoor sports training for adults.

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