Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has given little hope for the reopening of non-essential retail next month.
The 5km limit, construction work and outdoor activities are the only restrictions which look set to be eased in April.
The government is not yet considering allowing shops to open their doors, but “click and collect” could be considered, the Tánaiste said.
Speaking today, Mr Varadkar said Ireland is “on the right track” for a “modest easing” of the Level 5 lockdown.
The roll-out of the vaccine should not have an impact on plans to ease restrictions, he said.
“Even if the number of vaccines is slightly behind schedule, we’re making very good progress in terms of suppressing the virus,” Mr Varadkar told RTÉ’s News at One.