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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?

  • Missionary Work

    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.
  • Temple Worship (Updated June 1, 8:00 a.m. MDT)

    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 June 8, 2020.
  • Weekly Worship and Activities (Updated May 19)

    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?

Church Distribution Retail Stores (Updated April 10)

The launch of new temple ceremonial clothing, which was originally scheduled for March 31, 2020, is delayed due to the pandemic. The Church will make the new ceremonial clothing available through the online store and retail outlets at a later date.

Most Church Distribution retail stores are closed. The following Distribution retail and Deseret Book stores remain open where local governments are not requiring COVID-19 restrictions.

Distribution retail stores that are open with limited hours (unless otherwise noted):

  • Cotonou, Benin
  • Hong Kong (regular hours)
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Liberia
  • Lome, Togo
  • Pago Pago, American Samoa (regular hours)
  • Praia, Cape Verde
  • Sierra Leone
  • Star Valley, Wyoming
  • Taipei, Taiwan (regular hours)

Deseret Book stores that are open with curbside service only

  • American Fork, Utah
  • Ammon, Idaho 
  • Boise, Idaho 
  • Bountiful, Utah
  • Cedar City, Utah
  • Clinton, Utah
  • Costa Mesa, California 
  • Draper, Utah
  • Fort Union, Utah
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho 
  • Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 
  • Layton, Utah
  • Logan, Utah
  • Ogden, Utah
  • Orem Parkway, Utah
  • Pocatello, Idaho 
  • Rexburg, Idaho
  • Riverton, Utah
  • Spanish Fork, Utah 
  • St. George, Utah
  • Sugarhouse, Utah
  • Twin Falls, Idaho 
  • University Village, Utah
  • Valley Fair, Utah
  • West Jordan, Utah

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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