Ireland will not go back into full lockdown even if there is a second wave of Covid-19 later in the year.
Those involved in the State's response to the pandemic believe that if there is a new surge of infection they will be able to take a more targeted approach.
"We now know the buttons to press. We know what interrupts transition," a source told the Irish Independent.
Very little was known about the coronavirus when it reached Europe. However, there is now strong evidence that individual responsibility can stall its spread.
"Mass gathering and indoor meeting may be stopped again at the drop of a hat - but you won't see a situation where every school in the country is closed again," a well-placed source said.
They noted that a proper test and trace system is now in place and the public understands social distancing. It's understood there are now fewer than 1,000 active cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and just 122 people receiving treatment in hospital due to the virus.
Separately, virus expert Dr Cillian De Gascun will today warn that lessons must be learned so Ireland can be "better prepared" for the next pandemic.
The National Virus Reference Laboratory director will tell TDs of hundreds of types of coronaviruses in bats - and viruses are likely to cross species again.
Two metre rule
Meanwhile, a senior Government minister has offered hope to the hospitality industry that the two-metre social distancing rule can be relaxed to allow the sector to recover from the massive hit it has taken from the coronavirus crisis.
Business Minister Heather Humphreys said it may not be necessary for the two metres to strictly apply if the transmission rate of the disease remains low.
It comes after it was revealed by the Irish Independent less than a quarter of people working in hotels, restaurants and pubs will return to their jobs at the end of the month if the strict rule is maintained for the industry.
The Department of Business report, based on Fáilte Ireland research, said just 63,200 of the 260,000 people employed in the sector will return to work if the restriction is not eased. However, if the social distancing rule was cut to one metre, around 148,300 could return to work.
Ms Humphreys said that Fáilte Ireland is working with the sector and the HSE to develop detailed protocols for reopening.
"As part of their work they're looking at the implementation of the two-metre rule across the hospitality sector and provided that figures go in the right direction and provided that the transmission rate remains low, it might be that in certain spaces it won't be necessary to strictly apply the two-metre rule."
She said the matter is under review. Ms Humphreys added: "We have a number of weeks yet before they open. And I think it's important that we obviously work together and look at all the options."
The Dáil's Special Committee on Covid-19 Response will today hear from officials from Ms Humphreys's department as well as representatives from business lobby groups Isme and Ibec.
Orlaigh Quinn, the secretary general of the Department of Business, will set out how the accommodation and food sector has been "the hardest hit so far" with 90pc of its workers either receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) or the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS). She will set out the various financial supports that the Government is offering businesses.
Isme, which represents small and medium enterprises (SMEs), is expected to claim that the State is "fixated" on foreign multinationals and SMEs are a "blind-spot" for the Government.
Its submission to the committee also includes a warning that many businesses "would simply not survive a longer shutdown".
It said sentiment on the chances of businesses surviving has improved but pointed to surveys showing that 6pc of businesses believe they will cease trading in a month and 44pc in six months. The Isme submission adds: "It is imperative that these figures do not actually materialise."
Isme also said the Government should make further changes to the PUP so that people earning between €230 and €350 before the pandemic only get an unemployment payment equal to their previous wages.
Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy will call for "immediate action" to remove the 14-day quarantine restrictions for people coming into the country, reduce the two-metre rule and bring in an "extensive and systematic" Covid track and trace programme. Ibec is also calling for a €15bn "reboot plan" within the first 100 days of the new government.