The coronavirus-related recommended pause on commercial and independent production will be lifted Monday, it was announced Thursday.

The move is being made in connection with the expiration of the recommendation by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the strengthening of several provisions of the county’s health order.

The elimination of testing exemptions for short-duration productions is among the reasons the pause will be lifted, according to a statement released Thursday night by the performers’ union SAG-AFTRA, the Joint Policy Committee, the multiemployer bargaining group that represents commercial advertisers and advertising agencies, and the Producers Guild of America.

All parties maintain that film and television productions must abide by the industry-issued COVID-safety protocols and will continue to monitor and consider orders or recommendations issued by the Department of Public Health.

SAG-AFTRA and the JPC will also move forward with reviewing commercial productions to help ensure that safety on set is maintained for members and industry personnel, the statement said.

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