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

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 reintegration?

  • Church Distribution Retail Stores and Deseret Book (Updated August 10, 2020)
    See a status list for each store.
     
  • Deseret Industries Stores

    Deseret Industries will begin reopening some of its stores the week of June 1, 2020. These and additional reopenings in the coming weeks will strictly follow local government safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Customers should visit deseretindustries.org/reopen for the status of each location.
     
  • Missionary Work (Updated August 7, 2020)

    The process of reassigning missionaries to missions in their home countries is underway, and they have started receiving their new assignments. The Church has issued travel guidelines for missionaries. 

    Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff shared the following statement with media on August 7, 2020, about a small number of missionaries returning to parts of Europe and Asia:

    Over the last several weeks, the Church has been able to send a small number of missionaries to their original assignments in some places in Europe and Asia. In these circumstances, missionaries have proper travel documentation and strictly follow local requirements concerning self-isolation or quarantine. As they continue their service in these areas, the missionaries take part in activities appropriate to local circumstances. Additional travel of missionaries to assignments outside their home countries is dependent upon local conditions and travel restrictions.
     
  • Temple Worship (Updated August 10, 2020)

    A phased reopening of temples has begun. Learn more, including a week-by-week list. Also see the status of each temple, which lists additional temples scheduled to open August 17, 2020.
     
  • Weekly Worship and Activities

    The Church has authorized a phased return to some of the faith’s weekly worship services and activities. This can be done only when local government regulations allow and after the faith’s Area Presidencies provide additional guidance to local Church leaders. A two-phase approach will be used, always following government regulations to ensure the health and safety of all involved. Read more.

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

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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