The live music sector has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, with performers unable to take part in any gigs since the first lockdown more than a year ago.
But at last, the Executive has hit the right note by signalling that the sound of music can again fill the air from Monday. The removal of the cap on the number of people able to attend outdoor performances opens the way for festivals to take place this summer and indoor gigs will also be allowed, but with stricter regulations.
The easing of restrictions will be music to the ears of thousands of performers, their fans and the operators of venues and is another step on the path to normality.
However, quite rightly, the Executive will continue to monitor closely the spread of the virus, especially if it results in more hospital cases putting pressure on the NHS.
The continued cap of 15 people allowed to gather in a domestic garden seems miserly given that five households are free to mix. That does not seem to equate to the size of the usual Northern Ireland household.