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As COVID-19 Restrictions Ease, Here's How the Church Is Reopening

Church continues to closely monitor developments

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is following the lead of governments and healthcare professionals around the world as it considers a measured return to normal operating procedures disrupted by COVID-19.

The Church is moving forward in all areas of the world with ample caution, always strictly following the guidance of governments to prevent the spread of the pandemic. “Your safety and well-being will always be our utmost concern,” Church Prophet and President Russell M. Nelson said May 6, 2020.

Which Church functions have begun phases of reopening?

  • Church Distribution Retail Stores and Deseret Book (Updated October 5, 2020)

    See a status list for each store.
     
  • Church Historic Sites (Updated April 22, 2021)

    Church historic sites will begin reopening in May 2021. Read more here.
     
  • Deseret Industries Stores (Updated September 22, 2020)

    As of September 22, 2020, all Deseret Industries stores have reopened. Each location strictly follows local government safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Customers should visit deseretindustries.org/reopen to schedule a donation and to see the hours of operation for each store.
     
  • Missionary Work (Updated May 24, 2021)

    Beginning in late June 2021, the Provo, Ghana, and New Zealand Missionary Training Centers are scheduled to invite a small number of missionaries to train on location. These opening dates will be evaluated weekly and may be adjusted based on local circumstances and guidelines from local health officials.

    Other missionary news:

    Missionary Travel Guidelines (May 2020)

    Church Begins Limited, Deliberate and Cautious Missionary Assignments Outside Countries of Origin (November 2020)
     
  • Temple Worship (Updated June 15, 2021)

    A phased reopening of temples began in May 2020. See a week-by-week list here. Also see this list, which shows the status of each temple as of June 21, 2021.
     
  • Weekly Worship and Activities

    In May 2020, the Church authorized a phased return to some aspects of its weekly worship services and activities. As of September 11, 2020, the First Presidency has provided updated guidelines to help leaders and members safely increase engagement in worship and other activities during the pandemic. This includes guidance on the resumption of stake conferences and weekly worship.

And which Church operations are still temporarily paused, postponed, or closed to the public?

  • Youth Camps, Conferences and Treks (see here and here)

You can find answers to other questions in the documents “Responding to COVID-19: Answers to Questions” and “Directions for Essential Ordinances, Blessings, and other Church Functions.”

Preventative Measures for Members*

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (this may include avoiding shaking hands or other customary greetings).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Maintain at least six feet (two meters) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow public health agency recommendations for using a face mask.

*Based on recommendations from the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Local leaders should encourage members to follow these guidelines.

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