Earlier reopening of hairdressers will also be examined
Brides and grooms may soon have extra cause for celebration after chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan revealed his expert team was planning to review weddings.
And hairdressers will also be hoping for good news as Dr Holohan and his team meet next week to discuss pressing issues of public concern arising from the lockdown.
There will be new overall guidance on gatherings, which would allow couples who want to get married to decide on the size of their guest list.
Dr Holohan said they will also examine if hairdressers can reopen for business on June 29 rather than July 20.
And the National Public Health Emergency Team will also look at whether the two-metre physical distancing rule could be reduced to one metre in parts of the hospitality trade.
Analysis is under way into what impact this would have on the spread of Covid-19 in the context of periods of low transmission of the virus.
Dr Holohan would not be drawn on what the likely outcome of the meeting will be and he said the findings would be given in the form of advice to Government on how to proceed with the next phase out of lockdown.
He was speaking as another eight people in Ireland were newly diagnosed with the virus, the lowest daily total since March 11. There were another eight deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll to 1,703.
Philip Nolan, of Maynooth University, who is part of a team tracking the virus, said all the indicators show Covid-19 is continuing to decline.
There are around 14 new cases a day, down from 50 last week. There were 116 patients in hospitals last week and this has reduced to 86.
Prof Nolan pointed to around three admissions to hospital a day but the numbers in intensive care are falling more slowly, reducing from 34 last week to 28 yesterday.
Some patients seriously ill with the virus have been in intensive care for two months.
"The reproductive number has remained stable, between 0.4 - 0.8 over a number of weeks," he said.
The R number refers to the average number of people each person positive for Covid-19 infects.
"The next two weeks are now critical in limiting transmission, keeping the R-number low and suppressing the virus," said Prof Nolan.
"It is how we interact, as we go about our daily lives more freely, that will determine whether the R-number increases."
The trend now is for more infections in private houses. Around one-third of newly diagnosed cases get it out in the community, another third get it from close contact with another infected person and the rest are linked to outbreaks in places like meat plants.
Dr Holohan said he could not rule out a resurgence of the disease and the necessity to respond with measures at short notice.
However, he said in the future the same "blend of measures" as seen in lockdown would probably not be necessary because so much more is known about the virus.
The general population is also more aware of precautionary measures in how they behave every day, he added.
Dr Ronan Glynn, the deputy chief medical officer, said there are around 250 people who have active virus.
However, it was now clear that while people can recover from the acute phase of the illness, some may be left with debilitating symptoms like fatigue which can linger.
Among the people who died in nursing homes 57pc were women and 43pc men.
"Anecdotally, we are hearing and seeing an increasing number of people who have had this disease being left with prolonged side-effects and taking a long time to recover," said Dr Glynn. "Within the 92pc who are recovering from Covid-19, there are people who are not yet back to full health."
That is why it's important to keep yourself and your loved ones protected, he added.