A POPULAR Colchester bar is holding a "midnight dance party" to mark the further lifting of lockdown restrictions.

From Monday, nightclubs across the county are able to reopen to the public for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

On what is being called "Freedom Day" by some, all legal limits on the numbers meeting indoors and outdoors will be scrapped and all businesses will be able to reopen.

Although bars have been able to open during this time, some have had to leave dance floors closed.

To mark the return of dancing inside its walls, Yates Colchester, in Head Street, is hosting a special event on Sunday and into the early hours of Monday.

The First Dance Midnight Party starts at 8pm on Sunday.

However, the dance floor at the premises will reopen after the stroke of midnight, when restrictions are relaxed.

Yates Colchester posted on Facebook: "This coming Sunday night come and join the party from 8pm.

"At midnight we will be going crazy."

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What are the rules changes on Monday?

People can attend concerts, theatre and sports events and the one-metre-plus rule on social distancing will end, while the legal obligation to wear a face covering will also be removed.

The Government is recommending that businesses use “certification” as a basis of entry to venues deemed “high risk”, especially when prevalence of coronavirus is high as it is currently.

The instruction to work from home will be scrapped, although ministers are encouraging firms to implement a gradual return to the office, and the limit on named visitors to care homes will be lifted.

In a move towards restarting international travel, children and adults who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus will not have to quarantine on their return from amber list countries to England from July 19.

Meanwhile, rules on 10-day self-isolation periods in England are being eased for the fully vaccinated and under-18s, but not until August 16.

The Government is urging residents to proceed with caution but has come under criticism from some for opening things up too early.

Find out more at www.facebook.com/YatesColchester.