Ireland is set to approve the reopening of restaurants and pubs that serve food from December 7, a week after non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen, local media reported.
The country reimposed tough coronavirus measures on October 21, with the government shutting all non-essential retailers and limiting pubs and restaurants to takeaway service.
On Wednesday, deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar said that retailers currently constrained to click-and-collect services would be the first to reopen when the restrictions are lifted on December 1.
On Thursday, senior ministers met to finalise the proposals to be put to the rest of cabinet ahead of an announcement by prime minister Micheal Martin on Friday.
Sources said that it is expected that shops, gyms and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen from next week onwards.