A decision on how to exit Level Five restrictions now looks as though it will not be made until Friday.
There was a short discussion about the issue at cabinet this morning with NPHET meeting tomorrow.
It's likely Ireland will move to level three restrictions next week with some changes.
It's expected retail will be allowed to open next week but it may be longer for hotels and restaurants.
It's expected restaurants will be allowed to open sometime later in December but wet pubs will remain closed.
The government has been accused of engaging in guesswork to re-open the country by not having proper data to inform decisions on COVID.
Cabinet met this morning to discuss easing level five with further meetings and an announcement planned for Thursday or Friday.
Micheál Martin has said they will look at all available information to inform its decision.