Fans are set to return to St James Park when the national lockdown in England ends on December 2.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement on Monday about the return of crowds to sporting events.

Elite sport has continued behind closed doors since March, but under the new tiers, fans will be able to return to grounds in Tier One and Tier Two areas.

Exeter City vs Oldham Athletic

In Tier 1 areas, 4,000 spectators or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, will be allowed, with 2,000 spectators of 50 per cent capacity, whichever is lower in Tier 2.

In Tier 3 areas, all sporting fixtures will continue to be held behind closed doors.

General View during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Oldham Athletic at St James Park, Exeter on 21 Nov. Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

The capacity at St James Park is 8,541, meaning that if Exeter is placed into Tier 1, then 4,000 fans could be allowed inside the ground, with 2,000 if the area was placed into Tier 2. The Grecians’ average attendance for the 2019/20 season was 4,343.

An Exeter City spokesman said: “While we welcome the news of the potential return of fans to football stadiums, please allow us time to receive and understand further information on how this impacts on the Club. We will then provide an update, we hope to see you again soon.”

Subject to MPs voting on the measures as part of the new Covid-19 restrictions in England, then the first chance that fans could return will be for the Papa John’s Trophy tie on Tuesday, December 8.

It would be the first time that Exeter City’s fans will be allowed inside St James Park since the 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra on March 3.

The Government on Thursday will announce will Tier each authority will be placed into, but it is expected that Devon will be announced in either Tier 1 or 2

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