In the 20th week of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reopening temples after all 168 in operation were closed in March due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the number of temples offering all living ordinances in Phase 2 of the four-phase plan is just under triple digits.
As of Sept. 21, the Church will have 99 temples operating in Phase 2 and 42 more in Phase 1, including six temples in North America that have “paused” their Phase 1 operations. In all, 141 of its 168 temples worldwide have reopened in either of the first two phases.
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
The 10 Phase 2 reopenings include one in Canada, one in the Philippines and eight in the United States, six of which are in the Southeast. Phase 2 allows for the performance of all temple ordinances for living individuals.
The 10 temples to begin Phase 2 operations on Sept. 21 are:
- Atlanta Georgia
- Chicago Illinois
- Fort Lauderdale Florida
- Halifax Nova Scotia
- Manila Philippines
- Memphis Tennessee
- Nashville Tennessee
- Orlando Florida
- Portland Oregon
- Raleigh North Carolina
Meanwhile, two temples in California are returning to Phase 1 after a brief pause.
Each reopening considers local circumstances and governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Newsroom release.