Birmingham Alabama Temple to enter Phase 2 with only 9 temples remain closed
All of this is due to COVID-19
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
“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.
However, with COVID-19 cases on the rise across the United States and many parts across the globe and a sustaining of pandemic precautions and restrictions, a move to more Phase 2 upgrades and the start of Phase 3 operations — temples expanding to provide proxy ordinances for ancestors in a restricted manner — may still be a ways off.
The nine temples yet to reopen include three are in Peru, two in Colombia and one each in Panama, Argentina, Venezuela and Ukraine.
Of the 29 temples that have reopened but remain in Phase 1, seven are in the United States – two in New York state, one each in Massachusetts and Louisiana and the three temples in California still designated as “paused” while waiting for local conditions to improve before returning to Phase 1 operations.
The other 22 temples in Phase 1 outside the U.S. are seven in Mexico; two each in Guatemala and Chile; and one each in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Haiti, Portugal, Spain, the Philippines, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay.