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

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 on May 6, 2020.

Which Church functions have begun or completed phases of reopening?

  • Church Distribution Retail Stores and Deseret Book

    Deseret Book is following local government and health official guidelines. Please call your local store for more details.
  • Church Historic Sites

    All Church historic sites have returned to normal operations.
  • Deseret Industries Stores

    Stores are open and patrons can make unscheduled donations.
  • Missionary Work
  • Temple Square

    The Family History Library expanded its days of operation. See more details.
  • Temples (Updated March 8, 2022)

    A phased reopening of temples began in May 2020. A list of temples and their status is here.
  • Weekly Worship and Activities

    The First Presidency encourages Area Presidencies, in consultation with stake presidencies, to determine on a local basis whether masks should be worn or other precautions should be observed in the various Church meetings and activities. Local leaders should consider the guidance of local health and government officials and local customs and conditions. For the time being, masks will still be required in temples, where so many who attend are part of an elderly, more vulnerable population and where our desire is to keep temples open and to have as many as possible participate.

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

  • Pageants
  • The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. The Tabernacle Choir organization is gradually returning to its schedule of rehearsals and broadcasts on Temple Square with a COVID protocol plan in place. Audiences are not invited to join them at this time.
  • 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.”

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