To-day (Tuesday 4th August) is D-Day for hotel bars and pubs.
The Cabinet is to decide later today on whether to proceed with Phase 4 of the country's reopening next Monday.
This would include the reopening of pubs and hotel bars as well as allowing gatherings up to 500 people outdoors.
It has been described as a 'make or break day' for the industry by the Vintners' Federation of Ireland, which represents 3,500 pubs outside of Dublin.
It said the already delayed reopening is putting a huge strain on publicans, their families and communities, who, the VFI said, have been forced to stand aside while big gatherings happen in uncontrolled environments like house parties.
Meanwhile, 106 towns and villages are to benefit immediately from €2.8m in funding to help communities adapt to a world changed by Covid-19.
Street furniture; widening of walkways and footpaths; adapting community spaces for socially-distanced use; outdoor cinema screens and marquees to facilitate ‘all-weather’ community events are some of the items to be funded.