Seven people from key sectors of society across NI give their views on the Executive's long-awaited strategy.
Michael McAdam, managing director Movie House
"The reopening of cinemas is in Level 4, whereas the reopening of 10-pin bowling, which I also operate, is Level 3.
"It is clear from this decision that Stormont doesn't want people inside for long periods of time, so from that perspective, I get where they're coming from.
"The National Association of Theatre Owners commissioned scientific research that showed that of all indoor leisure activities, cinema was the safest.
"I believe we could've been moved up to Level 3 but I understand their thinking. We are dealing with a virus and we must be careful, so I think the right decision has been made."
Ken Sharp, owner of the Boat House restaurant and Salty Dog hotel and restaurant, Bangor
"It's like the Tube map, it gives you a sense of direction if you're on the Tube but if you want to walk, the map looks like it will take forever and it only takes about 12 minutes.
"When you look to England, it's frustrating because we [in Northern Ireland] are treated like we have no common sense. England has picked key dates and they've said if there's a spike in cases, it will be delayed.
"We can't budget, we can't plan, we're slowly losing money, even with the supports in place. I'm desperate to keep my staff on but there's a lot of them and we just don't know anything."
Heather Fielding, managing director of Gallagher Travel
"I can understand in one respect why they don't have to give dates but there are people who have to pay balances for holidays, how does that work? There needs to be a bit more guidance on that.
"Normally when it comes to travel, the tour operators operate by the Foreign Office advice, not necessarily the separate jurisdictions.
"That hasn't always been the case, they have been looking at the jurisdictions as well because of all that has happened but that makes it really confusing for people.
"We might have families based here but they're travelling somewhere with their children and grandchildren who might live in Scotland or Wales. That makes it complicated as well."
Colin McKendry, chairman of Coleraine FC
"The more people that get vaccinated, the sooner we will able to get out and about with the good evenings and the better weather.
"With limited numbers, I can see us getting fans back into stadia before the end of the season because the Irish Cup is going to be played at the end of May or June.
"We should be fairly down the line by then and that will open the doors to getting more people back into grounds. It's been one of the things that's been really missed in sport.
"It's also vital children get back playing sport as soon as possible."
Connor Bamford, Queen's University virologist
"I like the focus on clear steps and apparent dependence on meeting certain criteria in line with rolling review.
"The strategy appears to be one based on trying to keep the numbers of new infections low, while increasing social contact. This is a risky approach. We have to remember that even with vaccinations increasing we are still in a precarious position with significant levels of virus spread and people not yet completely vaccinated.
"It is still not clear exactly what criteria will be applied (and what needs to be met) to allow movement onto the next step. I understand the need for flexibility but we need more details. Vagueness will not cut it."
Ann McGregor, chief executive of the CBI in Northern Ireland
"Despite a lack of dates, businesses can now see a clearer pathway for the reopening of the economy.
"Ahead of each stage, sectors will require adequate notice to prepare to reopen safely and sustainably.
"During each of the phases, and for as long as restrictions of any nature are in place, an appropriate level of business support must also remain.
"Cash reserves have been hit hard by the pandemic - one third of NI businesses have less than six months before they run out of cash, so it is crucial that in his Budget statement, the Chancellor announces an extension to the Job Retention scheme."
Dr Graham Gault, president of the National Association of Head Teachers NI
"For schools we largely knew where we were. There was nothing unexpected. Our principals are so excited about having our children and young people return to face-to-face teaching.
"On their behalf, and on behalf of all of our children and young people, I want to speak directly to parents - please have patience with your schools as we seek to reintegrate your children back into the classroom environments, because there are so many significant and complex things that the staff have to consider.
"Please also understand that the level of remote learning available for those children who are still at home will probably be affected as staff are redeployed to their classroom commitments whilst the school still seeks to provide support for children of key workers and vulnerable children."