Northern Ireland have extended their lockdown until 1 April, but schools will reopen on 8 March for pupils in years P1 to P3.
From 22 March secondary pupils who are in key exam years, groups 12 to 14 are to return back to face-to-face learning with teachers.
Stormont Ministers decided to also relax click and collect shopping from non-essential retailers, such as clothing, footwear and electrical goods.
Economy Minister Diane Dodds tweeted, “Some progress on the retail sector “click and collect “ issue at Executive today.
“Good stats on vaccine programme and reduced transmission of virus. Hopeful for a safe, sustainable reopening of the economy as we make progress in the battle with Covid.”
Dr Tom Black of the British Medical Association warned that we need “to be very careful” about reducing restrictions.
He said, “We’re still in a very difficult position.
“We have reduced the third wave from the peak by more than half – the job is half done.”
He added, that in several weeks “we will be in a much better position to move forward.”