Non-essential retail is welcoming customers back to stores for the first time in 2021.
Last week saw over 12,000 businesses re-open, after nearly five months of level five restrictions.
Hairdressers, click and collect retail services returned, as well as 'shopping by appointment' - which saw 275,000 people make an advance booking with Penneys.
From today the rest of retail is re-opening its doors.
This includes furniture retailer IKEA - which has a flagship store in north Dublin, as well as a Order & Collection Point south of the city.
Peter Jelkeby is chief executive of IKEA Ireland. He told Breakfast Business they want customers to feel safe.
"I think first of all, our customers should feel safe - we welcome them of course back, we're very happy to have them back.
"We've invested a lot - both in the safety element of queue management, we're going to have capacity control of how many customers can be in the store at one time, we're going to have queue wardens - that's one aspect of it, the safety aspect."
He said he believes demand will be slow to return, but will get there.
"It's early days - I think we've seen in the UK a good rebound since we've been opening - and I expect that we still have a demand out there.
"I think we have seen also, during the pandemic, that the home is more important than ever.
"We've been transforming and selling through different channels, like online and remote selling, and we can see that the demand is there.
"I would say I'm cautious, but I'm very positive actually about the outlook."
He said they have seen a higher demand for home office furniture and storage products.
Asked if they will be opening another store in Ireland, he said: "I can't answer that now - but I'll say like this.
"We are optimistic about Ireland, we have seen growth, we have a strong position, we're going to keep penetrating and become more accessible".
As restrictions ease, people are reminded to continue to practice social distancing, hand hygiene and wear masks.
People must wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and other retail settings - this does not apply to children under the age of 13.
Shops should also offer dedicated hours to people at high risk from COVID-19 who have not been fully vaccinated, including those aged 70 or over and people with certain medical conditions.
There will also be a further easing of restrictions in early June - starting with the re-opening of hotels and B&Bs on June 2nd.