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The Latest News on Temple Reopenings

Church leaders express gratitude and emphasize caution, safety and wisdom in the phased reopening process

UpdateTemple operations continue to be adjusted weekly and paused when necessary. The Montevideo Uruguay Temple has moved from Phase 1 to Phase 2. Also, three temples—in Chile, Peru and Taiwan—have unpaused and resumed worship ceremonies.

See a full list of temples and their status.

Since May 2020, temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been reopening in a cautious, careful way, in five phases and based on local circumstances and governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temples in the first four phases are operating on a limited basis. Key precautions will be in place for temple workers and patrons according to local circumstances and government regulations and may include masks, reduced numbers of patrons in the temple at a time, fewer staff in the temple, sanitization after temple ceremonies, social distancing and seating arrangements, and temperature checks at the entrance.

The five phases of opening reduce risk, accommodate the demand and capacity of the temple and observe health restrictions in the temple district.

Phase Totals as of August 2, 2021

  • Phase 1: 2
  • Phase 2: 10
  • Phase 2-B: 17
  • Phase 3: 124
  • Phase 4: 0
  • Paused: 7
  • Closed: 8

See a full list of temples and their status as of August 2, 2021.

Phase 1: Living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment

Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only with restrictions

The temple in Arequipa, Peru has unpaused and is open in Phase 2.

Phase 2-B: Open for all living ordinances and baptisms for deceased individuals with restrictions

Temples in Concepción, Fortaleza and Santiago will reopen in Phase 2-B on August 2, 2021.

Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions

The Taipei Tawan Temple has unpaused nad is open in Phase 3.

Temples in the following locations will reopen in Phase 3 sometime in July or August. Members in each temple district will be notified via email when they can make online reservations for their temple. 


  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti


  • Medford, Oregon
  • Paris, France
  • Spokane, Washington

Phase 4: Open for full operations

Paused Operations

Temples in the following locations have paused operations due to local COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Córdoba, Argentina
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Sydney, Australia

Temples Closed for Renovation

  • Columbus Ohio Temple
  • Hamilton New Zealand Temple
  • Hong Kong China Temple
  • Mesa Arizona Temple
  • Salt Lake Temple
  • St. George Utah Temple
  • Tokyo Japan Temple
  • Washington D.C. Temple

See a full list of temples and their status as of August 2, 2021.

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