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📝 Exeter City’s plans remain on course for a return of fans to St James Park in October.

15 September 2020

Following updated advice from the government, a number of test events are being staged at grounds across England this weekend which will allow for up to 1,000 fans to attend matches.

This morning, clubs were notified that they had until 2pm to request to stage a pilot game this weekend. To be eligible they already had to have their plans for the return of fans passed by their local Safety Advisory Group.

Exeter City is still finalising its plans for a return of fans to the stadium. Additionally, the EFL stated that they could not guarantee all clubs that would like to stage a pilot would be given permission to do so, as only a limited number would be approved.

A spokesman for Exeter City FC said: "Along with other clubs, apart from those which are in local lockdown areas, we were invited to submit a plan for fans to return to the stadium this weekend. After consultation with our stadium safety adviser, the decision was taken to continue working to the original plan of the return of fans in October.

"We have a small team working hard on ensuring that people can return to matches safely. The health and wellbeing of our fans, staff and volunteers are our utmost priority and we took the decision to continue with our planning process with a target for a return in October, rather than rush through a plan which may have put people in jeopardy.

"Again, we would like to thank our fans for their patience, we are as keen to get people back in the ground, as they are to attend matches, but we are confident they will understand the rationale behind this difficult decision."

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