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Over 100 temples now in Phase 2 of reopening; 3 more to enter Phase 1

Editor's note: This press release was originally published on May 7, 2020, and has been updated weekly. Beginning September 28, 2020, 4 more temples around the world will begin Phase 2 of reopening. By that day, 103 temples will be in Phase 2. Also, temple worship in three additional temples will resume Phase 1 of operation after a brief pause. 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 2: Open for all living ordinances only
  • • Guayaquil Ecuador Temple
  • • Newport Beach California Temple
  • • Papeete Tahiti Temple
  • • San Diego California Temple
  • Phase 1: Open for restricted living sealings only
  • • Cochabamba Bolivia Temple
  • • Mérida Mexico Temple
  • • San Salvador El Salvador Temple

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.”

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

Temples in 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

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

  • • Aba Nigeria Temple (August 24)
  • • Accra Ghana Temple (August 24)
  • • Adelaide Australia Temple (August 17)
  • • Albuquerque New Mexico (September 14)
  • • Anchorage Alaska Temple (August 17)
  • • Apia Samoa Temple (August 24)
  • • Atlanta Georgia Temple (September 21)
  • • Bern Switzerland Temple (August 31)
  • • Billings Montana Temple (July 27)
  • • Bismarck North Dakota Temple (July 27)
  • • Boise Idaho Temple (August 31)
  • • Bountiful Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Brigham City Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Brisbane Australia Temple (August 17) 
  • • Calgary Alberta Temple (August 24)
  • • Campinas Brazil (September 14)
  • • Cardston Alberta Temple (August 24)
  • • Cedar City Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • Chicago Illinois Temple (September 21)
  • • Columbia South Carolina Temple (August 31)
  • • Copenhagen Denmark Temple (July 27)
  • • Curitiba Brazil (September 14)
  • • Dallas Texas Temple (August 31)
  • • Denver Colorado Temple (August 31)
  • • Detroit Michigan Temple (August 31)
  • • Draper Utah Temple (August 24)
  • • Durban South Africa (September 14)
  • • Edmonton Alberta Temple (August 24)
  • • Fortaleza Brazil Temple (August 31)
  • • Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple (September 21)
  • • Fort Collins Colorado Temple (August 31)
  • •.Frankfurt Germany Temple (July 27)
  • • Freiberg Germany Temple (July 27)
  • • Gilbert Arizona Temple (September 7)
  • Guayaquil Ecuador Temple (September 28)
  • • Halifax Nova Scotia Temple (September 21)
  • • Hartford Connecticut Temple (August 31)
  • • Helsinki Finland Temple (July 27)
  • • Houston Texas Temple (August 31)
  • • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (August 24)
  • • Indianapolis Indiana Temple (September 7) 
  • • Johannesburg South Africa (September 14) 
  • • Jordan River Utah Temple (August 24)
  • • Kansas City Missouri Temple (September 7)
  • • Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo (September 14)
  • • Las Vegas Nevada Temple (August 31)
  • • Logan Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • London England Temple (August 17) 
  • • Louisville Kentucky Temple (August 31)
  • • Lubbock Texas Temple (August 31)
  • • Madrid Spain (September 14)
  • • Manaus Brazil Temple (August 31)
  • • Manila Philippines Temple (September 21)
  • • Manti Utah Temple (September 7) 
  • • Medford Oregon Temple (August 17) 
  • • Memphis Tennessee Temple (September 21)
  • • Meridian Idaho Temple (August 31)
  • • Montreal Quebec Temple (August 31)
  • • Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Nashville Tennessee Temple (September 21)
  • • Nauvoo Illinois Temple (August 17) 
  • Newport Beach California Temple (September 28) 
  • • Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple (August 24)
  • • Ogden Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple (August 24)
  • • Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple (August 24)
  • • Orlando Florida Temple (September 21)
  • Papeete Tahiti Temple (September 28)
  • • Paris France Temple (August 24)
  • • Payson Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • Perth Australia Temple (August 17) 
  • • Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple (August 31)
  • • Phoenix Arizona Temple (September 7)
  • • Portland Oregon Temple (September 21)
  • • Preston England Temple (September 7) 
  • • Provo City Center Temple (August 17)
  • • Provo Utah Temple (August 17) 
  • • Raleigh North Carolina Temple (September 21)
  • • Recife Brazil (September 14) 
  • • Regina Saskatchewan Temple (August 24)
  • • Reno Nevada Temple (August 24)
  • • Rexburg Idaho Temple (August 24)
  • • San Antonio Texas Temple (August 31)
  • San Diego California Temple (September 28) 
  • • Santo Domingo Dominican Republic (September 14)
  • • São Paulo Brazil (September 14)
  • • Seoul Korea Temple (July 27)
  • • Snowflake Arizona Temple (September 7) 
  • • St. Louis Missouri Temple (August 31)
  • • St. Paul Minnesota Temple (September 7) 
  • • Star Valley Wyoming Temple (August 24)
  • • Stockholm Sweden Temple (July 27)
  • • Suva Fiji Temple (September 7) 
  • • Sydney Australia Temple (September 7) 
  • • Taipei Taiwan Temple (July 27)
  • • The Gila Valley Arizona Temple (September 7)
  • • The Hague Netherlands Temple (July 27)
  • • Toronto Ontario Temple (August 31)
  • • Tucson Arizona Temple (September 7)
  • • Twin Falls Idaho Temple (August 24)
  • • Vancouver British Columbia Temple (August 24)
  • • Vernal Utah Temple (August 17)
  • • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple (July 27)

The Columbus Ohio Temple, which had previously reopened in Phase 2, is now closed for renovation. 

See a full list of temples and their current status.

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