The Government will set out plans next week for a further easing of restrictions on travel, aviation, hospitality, sport and live events.

A Cabinet meeting is expected to take place next Friday to make the final decisions for reopening during June and to sketch out plans for July.

The Government aims to set out how international travel can reopen over the summer using the framework of the EU Digital Green Certificate.

This evening the European Parliament and EU member states agreed a deal that will allow for anybody living in the EU's 27 countries to secure a digital health pass by the end of June that displays their vaccination status, results of Covid-19 tests or whether they have recovered from a coronavirus infection.

Key to the Government's plan to reintroduce international travel is a plan to revise the mandatory hotel quarantine system that is due to expire next month and this is currently being examined by officials.

Government ministers have indicated the system will be extended as there is concern about the new Indian variants.

Several senior Government members have also signaled that a pathway must be set out for the return of aviation, particularly following the Aer Lingus cuts to its operations at Shannon and Cork.

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting last night: "We are in a different space with vaccination and as a small open economy aviation is really important. We must ensure connectivity for tourism, the economy and future growth."

Plans will also be announced next week on the return of indoor and outdoor live music events along with bringing back spectators to sporting events.

The government is working on organising trial events in these areas.

The hospitality sector is also waiting for confirmation of a date for the return of indoor dining, following the reopening of outdoor dining on 7 June.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said indoor dining could return by early July.

The advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team on what could be possible will feed into decision-making.

They are likely to meet next Thursday followed by a gathering of the Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 later that evening.

The Government is also working on proposals to clarify the future of business supports including the wage subsidy scheme and income supports like the pandemic unemployment payment.

It's understood this will not form part of next week’s announcement but it is still promised by the end of this month.

Ministers have stated publicly that there will be no cliff edge to the supports and that they will not be removed suddenly at the end of June.