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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

Update: In this week’s COVID-19 temple reopening update, the Curitiba Brazil Temple will soon begin Phase 3. And the new Pocatello Idaho Temple, which opens for tours this week, is planned to start in Phase 3 after its dedication in November.

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 September 14, 2021

  • Phase 1: 2
  • Phase 2: 6
  • Phase 2-B: 5
  • Phase 3: 143
  • Phase 4: 0
  • Paused: 5
  • Closed: 8

See a full list of temples and their status as of September 14, 2021.

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

Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only with restrictions

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

Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions

The Curitiba Brazil Temple is reopening in Phase 3.

The Pocatello Idaho Temple will reopen in Phase 3 after its dedication on November 7, 2021. Ordinances will begin as early as November 16, 2021.

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
  • Cebu City, Philippines
  • Papeete, Tahiti
  • 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 September 14, 2021.

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