ALAN Solomons has welcomed the government's decision to allow fans back to sporting events saying it will be "fabulous" to have an atmosphere again.

The director of rugby was speaking a day after the news that up to 4,000 supporters could fill the empty seats at Sixways following the end of the current lockdown on December 2.

The home game against Bath on December 5 would be the first game after the lockdown is lifted and providing the city of Worcester remains a tier 1 area, the Sixways faithful will make their comeback.

It is expected that each area in the country will find out the results of the new tier system on Thursday but all being well, Warriors fans will be allowed in the stadium for the first time since March.

"It's absolutely fantastic news to have our 16th man back," Solomons said.

"Our Covid manager has met with the operations team to put plans in place.

"We have to wait until Thursday to find out what the situation is with the tier system and then we will be able to respond to that and find out how we will operate.

"But it's great news for everyone and particular for us, it will be fabulous.

"I was quite surprised, I didn't expect it to happen until a bit later but it's wonderful news."

Last week it was announced that the sport of rugby would receive £135m of funding from the government's winter sport package but even then, financial support was still required.

Solomons says the return of fans was necessary and provides much needed revenue.

"It's vital we get people coming through the gate," he added.

"It makes an enormous difference for us, obviously financially but also for the players who are paying the game, it;s fantastic to have support at the ground.

"It gives an atmosphere.

"Regardless of the level you are at, playing in an empty stadium is not ideal but now we will be able to have that atmosphere back and it's a tremendous prospect."

Should Worcester be upgraded to tier 2, 2,000 supporters would be allowed in but zero spectators can attend stadia in tier 3 areas.