Minister Eamon Ryan has said he believes the facemask mandate in schools, shops and public transport should be lifted immediately.
NPHET has been meeting to consider the issue.
Government is expecting health officials to recommend moving to a new phase in the pandemic where rules become advisory rather than legal requirements.
Minister and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan says he wants to see a change in the facemask rules:
Meanwhile, a Monaghan town barber says he'll continue to wear a mask even if it's not a requirement for clients.
Shane Murphy from The Baron's Nest said if the guidance changes, everyone entering his shop will be given the choice: