In the 27th week of announcing reopenings through Newsroom, the Church’s planned changes for Nov. 9 include the following temples moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 are
- Concepción Chile Temple
- Oakland California Temple
- Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple
- Santiago Chile Temple
Four temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — one in California, two in Chile and one in Haiti — will be moving to Phase 2 operations beginning Monday, Nov. 9.
More than 90% of the Church’s available temples have reopened after the late March closures due to the global COVID-19 pandemic — and 84% of those reopened temples are already in Phase 2 of the Church’s four-phase plan.
Phase 2 allows for the performance of all temple ordinances for living individuals, with Phase 1 limited to living husband-and-wife sealings.
It is the second status change in as many weeks for the Oakland temple, with last week’s announced updates including that temple resuming Phase 1 operations after a lengthy period in a “paused” designation waiting for local conditions to improve. Only two in California — the Los Angeles and Redlands temples — remain “paused,” a designation that at one point was given all seven temples in the state.
Chile’s two temples — in Santiago and Concepción — are now in Phase 2, as are both temples in the Caribbean, with the Haiti temple joining the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple in the second-phase status.
Five months after the first of its temples reopened on May 11, the Church has reopened 94% of its temples — or 151 of its available 160 dedicated temples. The Church has 168 dedicated temples, but eight are closed for major renovations.
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