But Arlene Foster told the Stormont briefing this afternoon that this would not alter the situation for indoor home visits, pubs or restaurants or, indeed, hotel conventions.
She says hotels, bars serving food, restaurants, coffee shops, betting shops, hairdressers, barbers, and gyms are reopening.
“All of these are vital jigsaw pieces in the revival of our economy and the piecing together of a normal society,” she says.
“However we need to be clear that this is not business as usual.
“While we have managed to suppress the spread of the virus it has not been beaten.”
The First Minister urges people to behave cautiously.
“Having come so far, imagine how much of a blow it would be to society and the economy if we have to return to some form of lockdown,” she says.
“The message is clear, stay safe, save lives and work safe, save lives.”
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill reminded the public that social distancing guidance has not been reduced to one metre.
As lockdown eases, she says it’s important to remain cautious and urges businesses to act responsibly.
“Social distancing guidance has not been reduced to one metre,” said Ms O’Neill.
“Two metres is still the optimum guidance that everyone should adhere to.
“There is less risk of viral transmission at that distance – the two-metre guidance remains in place.
“It is only when the two metres is not possible that people should go below that and always to an absolute minimum of one metre.
“This should only happen when mitigating factors are put in place.”