Schools, hospitality, 'click and collect' and outdoor sports are expected to be the main focus of the Stormont Executive's 'roadmap' when it is outlined later today.
There is growing speculation that the parties have agreed on a full return to schools for all children after Easter.
It follows reports that restaurants and pubs will be fully reopen by early summer under the local map out of lockdown.
A relaxation is also expected in retail, whereby 'click and collect' will be more widely available.
The public can expect a phased lifting of coronavirus restrictions aimed at bringing about a gradual return to normality by the end of June.
It is understood the Executive roadmap offers a staggered approach, which is not date specific. Comprising four phases, the plan is to begin with "cautious first steps" before moving to a period of "gradual easing".
The Executive will then move to "further easing" and - if this does not result in a spike in new infections or an increase in the virus reproduction rate - Northern Ireland will enter the final stage, "preparing for the future".
Ahead of the unveiling of the roadmap today, a source told the Belfast Telegraph that there were four key areas of focus - schools, hospitality, click and collect and outdoor sports.
"There is nothing startling in the roadmap," said the source.
"There are no dates because the Executive wants to remain data driven.
"Getting all schools back is a priority and it is widely believed that all attempts will be made to ensure a full return of all children to schools after Easter.
"Hospitality is another key area, with the summer just around the corner, and there are hopes of reopening pubs and restaurants within months.
"There is also a desire to extend 'click and collect' to a wide range of shops - including garden centres.
"And, finally, the Executive is keen to address the issue of outdoor sports as soon as possible."
During the "cautious first steps" phase, it is thought the 11pm curfew on takeaways will be removed, followed by cafes that do not serve alcohol offering outdoor table service.
In the "gradual easing" stage, indoor meals will be allowed in alcohol-free premises limited to a maximum of six people from two households, while pubs offering outdoor table food service can also open in phase two.
It is understood that "further easing" will allow indoor table service in alcohol-free premises to six people from any number of households.
If the virus remains under control, pubs will be given permission to sell alcohol outdoors.
Finally, "preparing for the future" will allow the reopening of wet pubs with indoor table service, followed by bar service at a later date. Live entertainment venues, including nightclubs, will be the last to open.
It is thought Northern Ireland will mirror England when it comes to easing restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given specific dates for the lifting of lockdown, with schools returning on March 8, followed by all shops, restaurants and pub gardens opening on April 12.
By May 17, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to open. International travel may be permitted around the same time, with all restrictions lifted by June 21.
Yesterday a further three deaths linked to coronavirus were announced. According to the Department of Health, another 136 individuals tested positive - the lowest number of cases on a single day since mid-September.
More than 20m people have had their first dose of a Covid vaccine in the UK. As of yesterday, 20,089,551 people have had a first dose while 796,132 have had both.