Some finance departments in Northern Ireland may run out of money before the end of July due to the cost of combating the pandemic, Treasury Secretary Conor Murphy said.
Five Stormont divisions were affected, and one may have used up on June 19.
Mr. Murphy introduced a technical mechanism at the Belfast assembly that will allow spending to continue ahead of further legislative action next fall.
The government has used millions of pounds to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Trade tax relief and special grants for pressurized hoteliers and tax collectors are additional costs incurred to keep the economy alive.