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19 temples to enter Phase 2 of reopening; 8 additional temples to enter Phase 1

Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic continue to reopen worldwide in a four-phase plan, with eight going to the initial Phase 1 effective Aug. 24 and 19 others being upgraded to Phase 2 on the same date.

The 19 Phase 2 reopenings in today’s announcement include 14 temples in central and western United States and Canada — three each in the states of Utah and Idaho and the province of Alberta — as well as two in Africa, two on South Pacific islands and one in Europe. Phase 2 allows for the performance of all temple ordinances for living individuals.

Also, the eight Phase 1 reopenings — for limited living husband-and-wife sealings — are eight temples in Latin America, where lengthy pandemic-related closures have continued. They include four temples in Mexico, two in Guatemala, one in Chile and the last of Brazil’s seven temples to reopen in Phase 1.

The 19 temples to begin Phase 2 operations on Aug. 24 are:

  • Aba Nigeria Temple
  • Accra Ghana Temple
  • Apia Samoa Temple
  • Calgary Alberta Temple
  • Cardston Alberta Temple
  • Draper Utah Temple
  • Edmonton Alberta Temple
  • Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
  • Jordan River Utah Temple
  • Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
  • Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple
  • Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple
  • Paris France Temple
  • Regina Saskatchewan Temple
  • Reno Nevada Temple
  • Rexburg Idaho Temple
  • Star Valley Wyoming Temple
  • Twin Falls Idaho Temple
  • Vancouver British Columbia Temple

And the eight temples reopening in Phase 1 on Aug. 24 include:

  • Campinas Brazil Temple
  • Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple
  • Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple
  • Concepción Chile Temple
  • Guatemala City Guatemala Temple
  • Mexico City Mexico Temple
  • Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple
  • Tijuana Mexico Temple

The phases are:

  • Phase 1: Open for restricted living sealings only. Temple workers will perform living sealings only for previously endowed members, with the ordinances done under strict guidelines and safety precautions.
  • Phase 2: Open for all living ordinances only. Temple workers will perform all temple ordinances for living individuals, but temples will maintain closure of patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations.
  • Phase 3: Open for all ordinances with restrictions. Temple workers will continue providing ordinances for living individuals and provide proxy ordinances for ancestors in a restricted manner. The Church will open patron housing, clothing, and cafeteria operations as needed.
  • Phase 4: Open for full operations. The Church will resume regular temple operations.

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