Visits to nursing homes may return sooner than planned.
The National Public Health Emergency Team says it's aware of the impact the ban on visits is having on residents' mental health.
Outdoor visits while maintaining social distancing is one of the options being considered.
Currently visitors are not scheduled to return until phase three.
Dr Tony Holohan says NPHET looking at whether some form of visits could be allowed sooner.
Meanwhile, The Chief Medical Officer will brief Cabinet Ministers this afternoon about how Ireland is doing in the fight against Covid 19.
The declining numbers in cases have led to questions about whether some restrictions could be eased sooner with many businesses like hairdressers eager to reopen.
The two-metre social distancing rule is another topic up for discussion and if this could be reduced to one in line with guidance from the World Health Organisation - restaurants and cafes among those who would greatly benefit from this.
Cabinet Ministers will question Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan on these issues when he briefs them this afternoon.