The South African film, television and commercial production sectors have waited with bated breath since the national lockdown to find out how and when business can resume. It appears that we now have an answer.

Yesterday, 4 May 2020, the Commercial Producers Association announced the commercial production sector has opened its doors under Level 4 COVID-19 Restrictions.

“The CPA is pleased to announce that our industry is, once again, open for business!” the statement said.

The South African Government has permitted filming under level 4 regulations from 4 May 2020, however, there are certain restrictions that have been put in place. These are strict industry protocols that must be adhered to at all times. The number of people on set has been limited to 50, and according to the CPA, these rules are “non-negotiable and need to be followed under all circumstances”.

The CPA has published the CPA Covid-19 Protocol for use by members, clients and suppliers. Clients and suppliers should please note that the CPA has no jurisdiction over non-members. Therefore due care should be taken to ensure that all productions comply with all requirements.

“We look forward to our industry getting back on to its feet in the coming weeks and thank everyone who has been involved in the process. It has truly been a great team effort and we appreciate all the work that has gone into it,” the statement concluded.

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