Pubs and restaurants will not be subject to a curfew when they finally reopen outside areas on April 30 after four long months of lockdown.
The Executive Office is expected to confirm the good news after a meeting with industry bosses tomorrow. Previously when lockdown restrictions were lifted, bars and restaurants were forced to close at 11pm.
In a further development, the May 24 date for the reopening of all indoor hospitality could be brought forward to May 17 should virus numbers not surge.
Hospitality Ulster chief executive Colin Neill said: "I am led to believe there will be no curfew, and that should be confirmed when we meet the Executive on Monday.
"We will be running three sessions afterwards to explain everything to the owners of pubs, restaurants and accommodation."
From April 30, restaurants, cafes and bars will be allowed to reopen outdoor areas after four months of Covid lockdown.
Groups will be limited to no more than six people from two households, and contact details will be taken from customers.
The Executive has given an indicative date of May 24 for bars and restaurants to be allowed to serve customers indoors, although numbers will be limited. Sunday Life understands, however, that politicians are under pressure to move this forward if Covid-19 deaths and hospitalisations continue to fall.
"Only 10% of pubs and restaurants here have the capacity to offer an outdoor table service," said an Executive source.
"It would be grossly unfair to tell this 90% to keep the doors closed for almost another four weeks if the virus rates remain continuously low.
"What could happen is that the proposed May 24 indoor hospitality reopening date could be pushed forward to May 17 - that's the date when indoor pubs and restaurants can reopen in England."
Yesterday saw two more Covid-19 linked deaths occur in Northern Ireland alongside 99 new infections. The total number of deaths here since the pandemic began in February 2020 is 2,135.
There are currently 70 people in hospitals with the virus, eight of whom are being treated in intensive care, with five on ventilators. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland stands at 118,950.
Latest figures show that 855,826 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 262,917 have received two doses. The total number of vaccines administered in Northern Ireland is now 1,118,743.
It comes as it was confirmed that passengers arriving into Northern Ireland from designated red-list countries will have to undergo hotel quarantine.
The isolation arrangements have been put in place ahead of the return of international flights to local airports.
An online booking portal, run by the Department of Health, opened on Friday.
Any passengers who have been in, or transited through a red-list country in the previous 10 days must book and pay for a managed isolation package before making any other travel arrangements, the department said.
The price for one adult in one room for 10 days is £1,750, with an additional day rate of £152.
The additional rate for one adult, or child over 12, is £650, while the additional rate for a child aged five to 12 is £325.
The required isolation period is 10 days, and all bookings must be made through the online portal.
Those arriving into Belfast City and Belfast International airports from the red-list countries will have to quarantine.
Anyone who fails to isolate will be fined up to £1,000.