Off-licences could have their opening hours cut under new rules to stop house parties taking place during the pandemic.
The government is considering limiting the sale of alcohol as part of new Covid-19 prevention measures to prevent large social gatherings.
The matter was discussed by the Cabinet this week, the Irish Independent reports.
Ministers also discussed how reducing off-licence opening hours could help the struggling pub and restaurant sector by encouraging people to visit premises where public health measures are in place.
A public fines system is also being considered to curtail the second surge of Covid-19 in Ireland.
To ensure people adhere to restrictions, Ministers are considering enforcing on-the-spot fines of up to €50 for not wearing a mask and up to €200 for travelling outside your home county for a non-essential reason.
The new fines are being considered as simpler options compared to the current high penalty of €2,500 fine or up to 6 months imprisonment for those who refuse to wear a face covering without a reasonable excuse.
The Cabinet discussed the extra measures yesterday ahead of the nationwide Level 3 lockdown.