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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: On February 1, 2021, two temples will reopen in Phase 1, three temples will return again to Phase 2, and one temple will reopen in Phase 3. 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 four phases and based on local circumstances and governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temples in the first three phases are operating on a limited basis. Key precautions are in place for temple workers and patrons, including masks worn at all times, limited numbers of patrons in the temple at a time, minimal staff in the temple, sanitization after each temple ceremony, careful social distancing and seating arrangements, and temperature checks at the entrance.

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

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

  • Perform living sealings only for previously endowed members under strict guidelines and safety precautions

Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only with restrictions

  • Perform all temple ordinances for living individuals, with priority given for those who will be sealed. The next priority will be endowments for in-field missionaries (who left home prior to receiving their endowment), then followed by those departing for missionary service. These priorities will be addressed according to the capacity and scheduling ability of each temple.
  • Maintain closure of patron housing, clothing and cafeteria operations

Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions

  • Continue performing ordinances for living individuals
  • Perform limited ordinances on behalf of deceased individuals
  • Open patron housing, clothing and cafeteria operations as needed

Read more details about Phase 3 of temple operations.

Phase 4: Open for full operations

  • Resume regular temple operations

Temple Status

The changes below will take effect on February 1, 2021.

Phase 1

  • The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple will reopen in Phase 1.
  • The Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple will move from Phase 2 to Phase 1 of operations.
  • 16 temples are in Phase 1.

Phase 2

  • The Calgary Alberta, Cardston Alberta, and Edmonton Alberta Temples will again move from Phase 1 to Phase 2.
  • 117 temples are in Phase 2.

Phase 3

  • The Melbourne Australia Temple will reopen in Phase 3 on January 25, 2021.
  • 5 temples are in Phase 3. Three additional temples will reopen in Phase 3 in coming weeks.

Paused Operations

The following 18 temples have paused operations due to local COVID-19 restrictions:

  • Bogotá Colombia Temple
  • Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple
  • Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple
  • Concepción Chile Temple
  • Durban South Africa Temple
  • Fresno California Temple
  • Johannesburg South Africa Temple
  • London England Temple
  • Los Angeles California Temple
  • Mexico City Mexico Temple
  • Montreal Quebec Temple
  • Newport Beach California Temple
  • Oakland California Temple
  • Preston England Temple
  • Redlands California Temple
  • Sacramento California Temple
  • San Diego California Temple
  • Santiago Chile Temple

See a full list of temples and their status as of February 1, 2021.

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