By James Hibberd
October 16, 2020 at 03:01 PM EDT

It's official: Star Trek: Discovery is getting a fourth season – and production begins sooner than you might think.

The cast announced the decision in a video (above) and also revealed that the show will resume filming Nov. 2. The move comes as Hollywood productions gradually restart shooting while using pandemic protection measures such as frequent testing, wearing masks while off-camera, and social distancing.

"I'm looking forward to ... being reunited with my Trek family again, to at least be in the same room again, even if we can't hug each other right away," said Doug Jones (Commander Saru). "I don't know how it's all going to work."

Discovery just debuted its second season on CBS All Access on Thursday night, with Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and her crew flung 900 years into the future from their own time.