SAINTS have been given the green light to allow fans back in for next Monday's home game with Salford.

They will be permitted 4,000 supporters and are now in the process of contacting the fans who have been pulled out of the ballot. 

The Prime Minister confirmed today that sporting venues across England will be able to welcome back spectators from next Monday.

Boris Johnson told a press conference that the Government was proceeding with its plan to take the third step in its coronavirus recovery road map, first set out on February 22.

"We'll unlock the turnstiles of our sports stadia subject to capacity limits," Johnson said in his opening speech as he detailed the further easing of lockdown in England.

It means larger seated outdoor venues will be able to admit up to 10,000 spectators from next week.

The Premier League pushed its penultimate round of matches back to May 18 and 19 so that every club would be able to play one game in front of supporters before the end of the season on May 23.

The league confirmed last week that the matches will be open to home supporters only.

For smaller outdoor venues capacities, including Saints' Totally Wicked Stadium, it will be capped at 4,000 or 50 per cent, whichever is the lowest. The indoor venue cap will be 1,000 or 50 per cent, whichever is the lowest.

The Government hopes to allow venues to admit significantly higher numbers of spectators from June 21 onwards and it has set up an events research programme (ERP) to test out different safety measures at a range of sporting and cultural 'pilot' events in order to achieve that.

The last time Saints fans saw their team was the away game at Castleford in March 2020.