Two fully vaccinated people will be allowed to meet indoors under plans being considered by the cabinet this afternoon.
Ministers are also finalising the details of a roadmap that could see retail and personal services like hairdressers open in May.
Recognising people need more certainty about the months ahead cabinet Ministers are discussing a plan that would see signposts given showing what could re-open in May, June and July if the vaccination programme goes to plan.
That looks set to include the re-opening of retail and personal services on a phased basis from May.
Fully vaccinated people are to be given more freedoms - including two people being allowed to meet up indoors from April 12th.
On that date home construction will return and people will be allowed to travel anywhere within their county, while schools will fully return.
Health officials want two weeks to examine the impact of that before outdoor sports like tennis and golf as well as underage sports training can resume - and outdoor cultural spaces like zoos can re-open.
The hope is that from May the impact of the vaccination programme will be strongly felt, which can then give the government more scope to re-open things.