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17 additional temples to enter Phase 2 of reopening; 3 additional temples to enter Phase 1

Editor's note: This press release was originally published on May 7, 2020. A complete list of temples in the first phase of reopening and second phase of reopening is included after the press release. The most recent additions to that list are:

  • Phase 1: Open for restricted living sealings only
  • • Bern Switzerland Temple (August 17)
  • • Oaxaca Mexico Temple (August 17)
  • • Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple (August 17)

  • Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only
  • • Adelaide Australia Temple (August 17)
  • • Anchorage Alaska Temple (August 17)
  • • Bountiful Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Brigham City Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Brisbane Australia Temple (August 17)
  • • Cedar City Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Logan Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • London England Temple (August 17)
  • • Medford Oregon Temple (August 17)
  • • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Nauvoo Illinois Temple (August 17)
  • • Ogden Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Payson Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Perth Australia Temple (August 17)
  • • Provo City Center Temple (August 17)
  • • Provo Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Vernal Utah Temple (August 17)

Newsroom released the following information with today's announcement: 

Temples continue to reopen in a cautious, careful way, in four phases. Temples in Phase 1 and Phase 2 are operating on a limited basis, and with key precautions in place for temple workers and patrons, including: masks worn at all times, very 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 (for Phase 2).

Today’s announcement includes many of the temples in Utah, though not all of them. As has been previously indicated, the reopening of each temple is considered based on local circumstances and governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Temples in Utah are anticipated to be very busy, so priority will be given first to living persons who are to be sealed, next to missionaries currently serving in the field, and then to missionaries who are preparing to depart, based on their departure date.

With these temple announcements today, by August 17, 2020, 130 temples will have entered Phase 1, and 29 will have started Phase 2.


In a letter to all Church members, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed their gratitude for the efforts of all those who have worked to address the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“With profound gratitude to our Heavenly Father that He has heard our prayers, we rejoice in announcing a careful, phased reopening of temples,” the First Presidency said. “Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, living husband-and-wife sealing ordinances will be performed in selected temples for members who have been previously endowed.”

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Sealings at Selected Temples

In the first phase of temple reopening, temple ordinances will be limited to husband-and-wife living sealings (marriages) for members who are already endowed. This will begin at selected temples in Idaho and Utah (USA) and Germany and Sweden (see list of temples opening at the end of this article). The current status of individual temples can be viewed on each individual temple’s page on Temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

These sealings will take place Monday through Saturday by appointment only and initially will be limited to one sealing ceremony or family at a time in the temple. When the appointment is made, staff will verify that the couple lives within the approved geographic area for receiving ordinances in that temple. All government and public health directives will be observed, including restrictions related to travel and crossing of state or other regional borders, and the use of safety equipment such as masks.

For these living sealing ordinances, temples will have a very limited number of staff in the temple—as few as two or three people. Each bride, groom and their limited number of guests will be greeted at the door of the temple and escorted to the sealing room. The bride and groom are invited to come to the temple dressed in the customary white trousers, shirt and tie (for men) and dresses (for women). They will then dress in ceremonial temple clothing within the temple.

The number of participants in each sealing will be restricted to the bride, groom and a limited number of guests per instructions provided at the time of scheduling. Only those who are in good health and have no symptoms of COVID-19 should come to the temple. The sealing and other rooms in the temple will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized following each ceremony.

Phased Reopening

The reopening of temples will proceed in a cautious and carefully planned and coordinated manner based on local government restrictions and as authorized by the Temple Department. The four phases of opening are designed to reduce risk, accommodate the demand and capacity of the temple, and observe any relevant health restrictions in the temple district.

  • Phase 1: Open for restricted living sealings only
  • • Perform living sealings only for previously endowed members under strict guidelines and safety precautions

  • Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only
  • • Perform all temple ordinances for living individuals
  • • Maintain closure of patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations

  • Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions
  • • Continue providing ordinances for living individuals
  • • Provide proxy ordinances for ancestors in a restricted manner
  • • Open patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations as needed

  • Phase 4: Open for full operations
  • • Resume regular temple operations

As directed by the Temple Department, other temples will be reopened based on local government and public health directives. They will follow this same phased approach in reopening, beginning with husband-and-wife sealings by appointment.

Ordinance Priority

For currently scheduled living ordinances, members will be contacted by temple staff to confirm their appointment or to reschedule. Priority for scheduling ordinances will then be given to members who had their appointments canceled because of temple closures. Members in this circumstance should call the temple to schedule an ordinance. Final priority will then be given to new appointments.

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Information About Specific Temples

Members can see the opening status of their specific temple and any restrictions by going to this temple list PDF or to Temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Temple presidents will also work with Area Seventies to share information on the reopening status of their assigned temple.

Safety

In addition to the processes outlined above, each temple presidency will take extra precautions to help protect temple workers and patrons. This will include allowing patrons to wear their own masks and gloves, providing hand sanitizer at several locations in the temple, and encouraging frequent handwashing and appropriate social distancing. All those who serve in the temple will do so on a volunteer basis. Adjustments to temple operating schedules, seating arrangements and temple facilities will also be made to further increase safety.

The First Presidency concluded their letter with an expression of hope and a request: “We ask for your continued faith and prayers that this pandemic and its lingering effects may pass. We look forward to the day that we can resume full operation of our temples, congregations and missionary service.”

Temples in Phase 1: Open for restricted living sealings only

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

The following temples will begin Phase 1 of reopening on the date listed after the temple name. The most recent additions are bolded: 

  • • Aba Nigeria Temple (June 8)
  • • Accra Ghana Temple (June 8)
  • • Adelaide Australia Temple (June 1, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Anchorage Alaska Temple (May 25, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Albuquerque New Mexico Temple (June 1)
  • • Apia Samoa Temple (June 22)
  • • Asunción Paraguay Temple (July 6)
  • • Atlanta Georgia Temple (May 18)
  • • Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple (June 1)
  • • Billings Montana Temple (May 18, now in Phase 2)
  • • Birmingham Alabama Temple (May 18)
  • • Bismarck North Dakota Temple (May 18, now in Phase 2)
  •  Bern Switzerland Temple (August 17) 
  • • Boise Idaho Temple (May 11)
  • • Boston Massachusetts Temple (July 6)
  • • Bountiful Utah Temple (May 11, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Brigham City Utah Temple (May 11, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Brisbane Australia Temple (June 22, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Calgary Alberta Temple (June 1)
  • • Cardston Alberta Temple (May 25)
  • • Cedar City Utah Temple (May 11, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Columbia River Washington Temple (July 27) 
  • • Columbia South Carolina Temple (June 29)
  • • Columbus Ohio Temple (May 25, now in Phase 2)
  • • Copenhagen Denmark Temple (May 25, now in Phase 2)
  • • Córdoba Argentina Temple (August 3)
  • • Curitiba Brazil Temple (June 15)
  • • Dallas Texas Temple (May 25)
  • • Denver Colorado Temple (May 25)
  • • Detroit Michigan Temple (June 15)
  • • Durban South Africa Temple (June 15) 
  • • Draper Utah Temple (May 25)
  • • Edmonton Alberta Temple (May 25)
  • • Fort Collins Colorado Temple (May 25)
  • • Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple (June 8) 
  • • Fortaleza Brazil Temple (July 20)
  • • Fresno California Temple (July 6)
  • •.Frankfurt Germany Temple (May 11, now in Phase 2)
  • • Freiberg Germany Temple (May 11, now in Phase 2)
  • • Fukuoka Japan Temple (June 1)
  • • Gilbert Arizona Temple (May 18)
  • • Guadalajara Mexico Temple (June 29)
  • • Guayaquil Ecuador Temple (July 27) 
  • • Halifax Nova Scotia Temple (July 13)
  • • Hartford Connecticut Temple (June 15)
  • • Helsinki Finland Temple (May 25, now in Phase 2)
  • • Houston Texas Temple (May 25)
  • • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (May 11)
  • • Indianapolis Indiana Temple (June 8) 
  • • Johannesburg South Africa Temple (June 15)
  • • Jordan River Utah Temple (May 18)
  • • Kansas City Missouri Temple (May 25)
  • • Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple (August 3)
  • • Kona Hawaii Temple (June 15)
  • • Laie Hawaii Temple (June 15) 
  • • Las Vegas Nevada Temple (June 29)
  • • Lisbon Portugal Temple (June 8)
  • • Logan Utah Temple (May 11, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • London England Temple (July 20, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Los Angeles California Temple (July 13)
  • • Louisville Kentucky Temple (May 25)
  • • Lubbock Texas Temple (June 8) 
  • • Madrid Spain Temple (July 6)
  • • Manaus Brazil Temple (July 20)
  • • Manhattan New York Temple (July 6) 
  • • Manila Philippines Temple (June 15)
  • • Manti Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Medford Oregon Temple (June 15, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Melbourne Australia Temple (June 1)
  • • Memphis Tennessee Temple (May 18)
  • • Meridian Idaho Temple (June 8)
  • • Montevideo Uruguay Temple (July 6)
  • • Monticello Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Montreal Quebec Temple (July 13)
  • • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (May 25, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Nashville Tennessee Temple (May 18)
  • • Nauvoo Illinois Temple (June 1, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Newport Beach California Temple (July 6)
  • • Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple (June 15) 
  • • Oakland California Temple (July 20)
  • Oaxaca Mexico Temple (August 17)
  • • Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple  (May 25)
  • • Ogden Utah Temple (May 11, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (May 11)
  • • Orlando Florida Temple (May 25)
  • • Palmyra New York Temple (June 15) 
  • • Papeete Tahiti Temple (June 8) 
  • • Paris France Temple (June 22)
  • • Payson Utah Temple (May 11, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Perth Australia Temple (June 1, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple (July 6)
  • • Phoenix Arizona Temple (May 18)
  • • Portland Oregon Temple (June 15) 
  • • Porto Alegre Brazil Temple (July 13)
  • • Preston England Temple (July 27)
  • • Provo City Center Temple (May 11, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Provo Utah Temple (May 11, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Raleigh North Carolina Temple (June 1)
  • • Recife Brazil Temple (July 20)
  • • Regina Saskatchewan Temple  (May 25)
  • • Redlands California Temple (July 6)
  • • Reno Nevada Temple (June 8) 
  • • Rexburg Idaho Temple (June 8) 
  • • Rome Italy Temple (July 6)
  • • Sacramento California Temple (July 6)
  • • San Antonio Texas Temple (June 1)
  • • San Diego California Temple (July 6)
  • • Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple (June 22)
  • • São Paulo Brazil Temple (July 20)
  • • Sapporo Japan Temple (June 8) 
  • • Seattle Washington Temple (July 13)
  • • Seoul Korea Temple (May 18, now in Phase 2)
  • • Snowflake Arizona Temple (May 18) 
  • • Spokane Washington Temple (July 13)
  • • St. Louis Missouri Temple (June 1)
  • • St. Paul Minnesota Temple (May 25)
  • • Star Valley Wyoming (May 18)
  • • Stockholm Sweden Temple (May 11, now in Phase 2)
  • • Suva Fiji Temple (July 20)
  • • Sydney Australia Temple (June 1)
  • • Taipei Taiwan Temple (May 18, now in Phase 2)
  • • The Hague Netherlands Temple (June 1, now in Phase 2)
  • • The Gila Valley Arizona Temple (May 18)
  • • Toronto Ontario Temple (June 29)
  • • Tucson Arizona Temple (May 18)
  •  Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple (August 17)
  • • Twin Falls Idaho Temple (May 11)
  • • Vancouver British Columbia Temple (May 25)
  • • Vernal Utah Temple (June 1, Phase 2 reopening announced)
  • • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple (May 18, now in Phase 2)

Two temples which had previously reopened as Phase 1, the Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico Temple and the Monterrey Mexico Temple, are now closed.

Temples in Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only

  • • Perform all temple ordinances for living individuals
  • • Maintain closure of patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations

The following temples will begin Phase 2 of reopening on the date listed after the temple name:

  • • Adelaide Australia Temple (August 17)
  • • Anchorage Alaska Temple (August 17)
  • • Billings Montana Temple (July 27)
  • • Bismarck North Dakota Temple (July 27)
  • • Bountiful Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Brigham City Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Brisbane Australia Temple (August 17) 
  • • Cedar City Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • Columbus Ohio Temple (July 27)
  • • Copenhagen Denmark Temple (July 27)
  • •.Frankfurt Germany Temple (July 27)
  • • Freiberg Germany Temple (July 27)
  • • Helsinki Finland Temple (July 27)
  • • Logan Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • London England Temple (August 17) 
  • • Medford Oregon Temple (August 17) 
  • • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Nauvoo Illinois Temple (August 17) 
  • • Ogden Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Payson Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • Perth Australia Temple (August 17) 
  • • Provo City Center Temple (August 17)
  • • Provo Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • Seoul Korea Temple (July 27)
  • • Stockholm Sweden Temple (July 27)
  • • Taipei Taiwan Temple (July 27)
  • • The Hague Netherlands Temple (July 27)
  • • Vernal Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple (July 27)

See a full list of temples and their current status.

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