As Boris Johnson has set England on a course to remove most coronavirus restrictions by July 19, the Belfast public spoke of what it will take for them to feel safe.
IT worker Adam Jackson (22) is originally from Scotland and now lives in Belfast.
"The rules are already a bit lax with the vaccine now anyway, the decision in England is pretty much matching what people are doing here already,” he said.
"We just need businesses to keep going with the line systems that they’ve got, so I feel that masks off is just the next sensible step.”
Asked if he would feel comfortable at a crowded concert, he said: “Yes, maybe there needs to be a sort of contact tracing system in place or even negative test beforehand. But certainly it should be masks off for that kind of thing.”
He also agreed with the Prime Minister’s argument that it was better to reopen in the summer before cases inevitably rise in the Autumn.
Audrey Edens (62) from Dromore was shopping with granddaughter Emily Doran (12).
Ms Edens said she would continue to wear face coverings and take other precautions even if the rules changed.
"I don’t mind being out on the streets like this but I wouldn’t be putting myself in that situation (a crowded concert) where there’s too many people,” she said.
Her granddaughter said she would also prefer a more cautious approach.
While not minding remote learning at home during the pandemic, she said not being able to see her friends regularly had been tough.
Still too young to receive her vaccine, Emily said at present she would still want to avoid crowded situations like concerts.
Community nurse Rachel Millar (42) from Belfast said as a health worker the vaccination rollout had given her more confidence.
"I think should be able to choose to do what they want themselves. If you want to wear a mask in a crowd that’s fine, but I think wearing one in a shop is just a bit pointless.
"It would definitely be good to get back to normal again. I think you should still have to wear masks in health settings.
"But in everyday situations it should be a choice. I’ve had both my vaccines and I’m healthy, this pandemic is going to be about for a long time so we just have to get used to it.
"I think you still have to be sensible and wash your hands. I am a nurse so it has been a hard year, but my heart also goes out to people who have have lost their jobs and haven’t been able to provide for their families.
"Some of that’s been unnecessary when there’s been so many people packed into large shops and all sorts of places.”
Stephanie Thompson (30) from Portadown was enjoying an afternoon out with husband Hugh (50) and daughter Harriet (2).
Mr Thompson said he was still worried about how people returning to work in offices too soon could be affected.
"I’ve had both jabs but you can still catch it and transmit it. I would rather they kept some of those distancing rules and face masks.”
Mrs Thompson said: “I would still like face masks in the shops and crowded spaces.
"One of my children is classed as being vulnerable so (it would be )for the safety of them plus other vulnerable people.”
James McKelvey (76) from Randalstown said he would prefer a more delayed approach to allow for a safe future.
In his life he’s attended no less than nine world cups, including the final of England’s famous victory in 1966, and hopes to continue that streak in Qatar next winter.
"I still believe that they should keep the mask rule in place until they see what’s going to happen at the end of the summer,” he said.
"I wouldn’t plan to be going into crowds at the minute. Look at the people going to soccer games, nobody knows what the repurcussions of that is.
"We all sincerely hope that the vaccines are a success, if they are you would imagine the majority of us would be pretty well covered.”
Neill Harper (51) from Carrickfergus agreed that lifting as many rules as England this summer was a step too far.
"I think a bit of common sense should still apply and masks should remain compulsory for indoor shopping and public transport,” he said.
"It’s up to the government to keep us safe, but it seems like they’re passing the buck and giving away that responsibility to the people.
“I know bars and other businesses need to make money. If they get too crowded I know I won't be going into them.
"Even though I'm old enough to have had my vaccinations I’m still not comfortable, I don’t think we’re there yet.”