A date for the reopening of so-called 'wet pubs' which do not serve food is to be given as soon as possible, the Executive has confirmed.
Industry group Hospitality Ulster has said it hopes the venues will get the green light to reopen by the end of this month.
Pubs which serve food have now been trading for nearly three weeks - but Hospitality Ulster warned that some venues were flouting the rules of reopening.
A spokesman said: "Severe disappointment has also been expressed about reports that some premises have taken it upon themselves to ignore social distancing and Covid safety guidance despite repeated reminders that the coronavirus remains a significant threat to public health."
Chief executive Colin Neill said the industry was hoping the Executive would make a decision on wet pubs later this week - with the possibility of reopening by the end of the month.
A spokesman for the Executive said: "The Executive has made good progress through its recovery plan and has announced significant relaxations within the hospitality sector. However, a number of restrictions remain in place due to the generally higher risk posed by certain environments and activities. Indoor bars and pubs serving drinks only are not yet permitted to open. However, this restriction is actively being reviewed and an indicative timeframe for its easement will be given as soon as possible."
Hospitality Ulster has also called for the power of closure to be introduced for pubs which ignore Covid safety guidance. It said all pubs should be enabled to open and given the responsibility for their own Covid-19 safety measures. Mr Neill said: "To save jobs and livelihoods it is vital that the power of closure is a sanction that is brought forward to make it clear to everyone, particularly any problem premises, that the responsibility of beating the spread of coronavirus rests on them."