Health Minister Robin Swann has said that people will not be able to visit their critically ill loved ones who are dying as a result of Covid-19.
Mr Swann said he has spoken to a number of senior clinicians and their opinion was that visiting an intensive care unit was "too great a risk".
However he said he had asked the Northern Ireland Critical Care Network to review the issue.
He said that one visitor would be allowed onto a general ward to visit their loved ones who are "sadly passing away".
It comes after a further 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in Northern Ireland's hospitals - the largest single-day increase since the outbreak began.
Mr Swann said the deaths should be a "wake-up call" to anyone who is getting complacent about the pandemic.
This brings the death toll in the region to 158.
A further 113 positive cases have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,201
A total of 14,240 people have been tested for the virus in Northern Ireland.
UK-wide, a further 870 people have died, bringing the death toll to 13,828.
In the Republic, 43 deaths were reported on Thursday - the highest reported in a single day, bringing the total to 486.
Here's how Thursday unfolded: