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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 March 1, 2021, nine temples will move to Phase 2 of reopening. 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

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

Phase 1

  • 10 temples are in Phase 1.

Phase 2

  • 126 temples are in Phase 2.
  • On March 1, 2021, these nine temples will reopen in Phase 2:
    • Buenos Aires Argentina Temple
    • Bogotá Colombia Temple
    • Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple
    • Clonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple
    • Concepción Chile Temple
    • Durban South Africa Temple
    • Hermosillo Mexico Temple
    • Panama City Panama Temple
    • Redlands California California

Phase 3

  • 14 temples are in Phase 3.

Phase 4

  • 0 temples are in Phase 4.

Paused Operations

The following nine temples have paused operations due to local COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Arequipa Peru Temple
  • Guadalajara Mexico Temple
  • Lima Peru Temple
  • London England Temple
  • Manaus Brazil Temple
  • Mexico City Mexico Temple
  • Monterrey Mexico Temple
  • Preston England Temple
  • Trujillo Peru Temple

Closed Temples

  • Columbus Ohio Temple
  • Hamilton New Zealand Temple
  • Hong Kong China Temple
  • Kyiv Ukraine 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 March 1, 2021.

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