Cabinet Ministers are due to consider whether to go ahead with the first phase of easing coronavirus restrictions.
It is expected they will approve the measures on advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
From next Monday May 18th, the first phase of easing COVID-19 restrictions is due to start.
It would mean that some outdoor work can begin again - including construction - and that the likes of DIY and hardware stores can re-open physical stores.
Small outdoor gatherings of up to four people not from the same household would also be allowed, as long as everyone maintains social distancing.
According to the Government roadmap, published two weeks ago, the lifting of the restrictions will:
- Allow outdoor meetings between people from different households
- Open up childcare for healthcare workers
- Phased return of outdoor workers
- Open retailers which are primarily outdoor or those which were open during first level of restriction (e.g. opticians)
- Opening of certain outdoor public amenities
On Thursday, the NPHET met to review the plan in the light of the latest medical evidence.
That advice will go before Cabinet Ministers later on Friday, who will have the final say.
It is expected a recommendation will also be given on the wearing of face coverings.
The Government is likely to say they should be worn in public places, but stop short of making it mandatory.
On Thursday An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was increasingly confident phase one can begin on Monday.
While Health Minister Simon Harris highlighted positive trends in the number of new cases and admissions to Intensive Care Units.
Reporting by: Sean Defoe