The Cabinet has approved legislation for the resumption of indoor hospitality, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar annpounced..
He said it will allow people with evidence of vaccination or immunity to enter cafes, restaurants, pubs and others licensed venues.
However, accompanying minors will be allowed to attend these venues with their parents or guardians and social distancing measures will still apply as a result.
Mr Varadkar said he knows this is not the ideal way to reopen, but that the alternative was to wait until September, when all adults are vaccinated, but he said even then it may not have happened as all teenagers may not be vaccinated by then.
He said the bill contains provisions to extend hospitality to those who pass a PCR or antigen testing but this will require further scientific advice.
He said there are also provisions to extend it to other indoor venues like bingo halls and bowling allies in the future.
The measures also allow unvaccinated staff to eat a meal before or after work in the premises.
Mr Varadkar said the Government is aiming for the laws to come into force next week, but no later than 26 July, and that he believes there will be a high degree of compliance with the new regulations.