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Only 4 temples have yet to reopen as 1 temple enters Phase 1 and 2 more move to Phase 2

Editor's note: This press release was originally published on May 7, 2020, and has been updated weekly. Beginning November 30, 2020, one temple will begin Phase 1 of reopening and two temples will begin Phase 2 of reopening. By that day, 156 of the Church’s 168 operating temples will have entered Phase 1 and 130 of these will be in Phase 2. A complete list of temples and their status is included after the press release. The most recent additions to that list are:

  • Phase 1: Living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment
  • • Bogotá Colombia
  • Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only
  • • Quetzaltenango Guatemala
  • • San Salvador El Salvador

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).

The reopening of each temple is based on local circumstances and governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With nine Utah temples already in Phase 2 and another three scheduled for that phase on August 24, it is important to note that temples in Utah are anticipated to be very busy. 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.

First Presidency Letter on Temple Reopenings

In a letter sent May 7, 2020, 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, 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 in the near future. 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 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

See a full list of temples and their current status

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.”

Complete List of Temples and Their Status

See a full list of temples and their current status from Newsroom. The list below is updated by LDS Living. 

  • • Aba Nigeria Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Accra Ghana Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Adelaide Australia Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Albuquerque New Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Anchorage Alaska Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Apia Samoa Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 22
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Arequipa Peru Temple
    • • Phase 1: November 23
  • • Asunción Paraguay Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
    • • Phase 2: October 5
  • • Atlanta Georgia Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Closed
  • • Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: November 16
  • • Bern Switzerland Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 17
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Billings Montana Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Birmingham Alabama Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: October 26
  • • Bismarck North Dakota Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Bogotá Colombia Temple
    • • Phase 1: November 30
  • • Boise Idaho Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Boston Massachusetts Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
  • • Bountiful Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Brigham City Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Brisbane Australia Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 22
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Buenos Aires Argentina Temple
    • • Phase 1: November 23
  • • Calgary Alberta Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Campinas Brazil Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 24
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Caracas Venezuela Temple: Closed
  • • Cardston Alberta Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Cebu City Philippines Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 31
    • • Phase 2: November 16
  • • Cedar City Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Chicago Illinois Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 14
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 24
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Cochabamba Bolivia Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 28
  • • Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 24
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Columbia River Washington Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 27
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Columbia South Carolina Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 29
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Columbus Ohio Temple: Renovation
  • • Concepción Chile Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 24
    • • Phase 2: November 9
  • • Copenhagen Denmark Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Córdoba Argentina Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 3
    • • Phase 2: October 5
  • • Curitiba Brazil Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Dallas Texas Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Denver Colorado Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Detroit Michigan Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Draper Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Durban South Africa Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Edmonton Alberta Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Fort Collins Colorado Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Fortaleza Brazil Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 20
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Frankfurt Germany Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Freiberg Germany Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Fresno California Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Fukuoka Japan Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Gilbert Arizona Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Guadalajara Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 29
  • • Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 24
  • • Guayaquil Ecuador Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 27
    • • Phase 2: September 28
  • • Halifax Nova Scotia Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 13
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Hamilton New Zealand Temple: Renovation
  • • Hartford Connecticut Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Helsinki Finland Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 7
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Hong Kong China Temple: Renovation
  • • Houston Texas Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Indianapolis Indiana Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Johannesburg South Africa Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Jordan River Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Kansas City Missouri Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 3
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Kona Hawaii Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: October 5
  • • Kyiv Ukraine Temple: Closed
  • • Laie Hawaii Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: October 5
  • • Las Vegas Nevada Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 29
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Lima Peru Temple
    • • Phase 1: November 23
  • • Lisbon Portugal Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
  • • Logan Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • London England Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 20
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Los Angeles California Temple: Paused
    • • Phase 1: July 13
  • • Louisville Kentucky Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Lubbock Texas Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Madrid Spain Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Manaus Brazil Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 20
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Manhattan New York Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
  • • Manila Philippines Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Manti Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Medford Oregon Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Melbourne Australia Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
  • • Memphis Tennessee Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Mérida Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 28
  • • Meridian Idaho Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Mesa Arizona Temple: Renovation
  • • Mexico City Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 24
  • • Monterrey Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 14
  • • Montevideo Uruguay Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
  • • Monticello Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: October 12
  • • Montreal Quebec Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 13
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Nashville Tennessee Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Nauvoo Illinois Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Newport Beach California Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
    • • Phase 2: September 28
  • • Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Oakland California Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 20
    • • Phase 2: November 9
  • • Oaxaca Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 17
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Ogden Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Orlando Florida Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Palmyra New York Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
  • • Panama City Panama Temple: Closed
  • • Papeete Tahiti Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: September 28
  • • Paris France Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 22
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Payson Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Perth Australia Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
    • • Phase 2: August 31
    • • Return to Phase 1: November 16
  • • Phoenix Arizona Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 7
    • • Phase 2: November 9
  • • Portland Oregon Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 15
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Porto Alegre Brazil Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 13
    • • Phase 2: November 2
  • • Preston England Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 27
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Provo City Center Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Provo Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 24
    • • Phase 2: November 30
  • • Raleigh North Carolina Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: September 21
  • • Recife Brazil Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 20
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Redlands California Temple: Paused
    • • Phase 1: July 6
  • • Regina Saskatchewan Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Reno Nevada Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Rexburg Idaho Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Rome Italy Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 6
  • • Sacramento California Temple: Paused
    • • Phase 1: July 6
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Salt Lake Temple: Renovation
  • • San Antonio Texas Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • San Diego California Temple: Paused
    • • Phase 1: July 6
    • • Phase 2: September 28
  • • San José Costa Rica Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 14
  • • San Salvador El Salvador Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 28
    • • Phase 2: November 30
  • • Santiago Chile Temple
    • • Phase 1: October 5
    • • Phase 2: November 9
  • • Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 22
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • São Paulo Brazil Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 20
    • • Phase 2: September 14
  • • Sapporo Japan Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 8
    • • Phase 2: October 12
  • • Seattle Washington Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 13
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Seoul Korea Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Snowflake Arizona Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Spokane Washington Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 13
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • St. George Utah Temple: Renovation
  • • St. Louis Missouri Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • St. Paul Minnesota Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Star Valley Wyoming Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Stockholm Sweden Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Suva Fiji Temple
    • • Phase 1: July 20
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Sydney Australia Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Taipei Taiwan Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Tampico Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: October 12
  • • Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple
    • • Phase 1: October 19
  • • The Gila Valley Arizona Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • The Hague Netherlands Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: July 27
  • • Tijuana Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 24
  • • Tokyo Japan Temple: Renovation
  • • Toronto Ontario Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 29
    • • Phase 2: August 31
  • • Trujillo Peru Temple
    • • Phase 1: November 23
  • • Tucson Arizona Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: September 7
  • • Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: August 17
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Twin Falls Idaho Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 11
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Vancouver British Columbia Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 25
    • • Phase 2: August 24
  • • Veracruz Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 14
    • • Phase 2: October 19
  • • Vernal Utah Temple
    • • Phase 1: June 1
    • • Phase 2: August 17
  • • Villahermosa Mexico Temple
    • • Phase 1: September 14
  • • Washington D.C. Temple: Renovation
  • • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple
    • • Phase 1: May 18
    • • Phase 2: July 27

See a full list of temples and their current status from Newsroom.

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