Some nursing home residents will see their family members for the first time since March later this month.
Visits are to be allowed from June 15 but only in facilities where there is no Covid-19 outbreak.
Indoor visits once a week by two people will be allowed with only one visitor present at any one time.
Visits must be pre-arranged and last less than half an hour.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, says the time is right to begin nursing home visits again.
“We’ve had a look at that particular measure and even though it was one of the Phase Three measures we think the conditions are right for us to bring that forward and recommend it for Phase Two and the government has agreed,” said Dr Holohan.
“New guidance will be made available to nursing homes on the assumption that the nursing homes will put in place the various guidances that will apply to those individual nursing homes for visitation to commence from June 15.”