Temples continue to reopen in phases
The temples have gradually been reopened, and 76% of them will be open for proxy work by the end of July. Both temples in Provo are slated to reopen in Phase 3 in June and July 2021. (Marina McNairy)
The temples have gradually been reopened, and 76% of them will be open for proxy work by the end of July.
A May 25 news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that 60 temples will reopen in Phase 3 in June and July 2021. 13 temples will begin in Phase 2-B on June 7th.
As of May 2020, the temples will reopen in four phases “based on local conditions and government restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Phase 1 enables living seals of men and women by agreement. Phase 2 means that the temple is only open to all living ordinances with restrictions. In Phase 2-B, temples are open to all living ordinances and baptisms to the deceased with restrictions.
In phase 3 the temple is open to all ordinances with restrictions. Temples scheduled to reopen in Phase 3 include both the Provo Utah Temple and the Provo City Center Temple.
Phase 4 means that the temples are open for full operation. A link to a full list of temples and their May 31st reopening states can be found in the press release.
According to the publication, temples will have limited operations in the first four phases. Important precautions are taken for temple workers and patrons based on local conditions and government regulations.
Precautions include masks, fewer guests, fewer temple staff, post-ceremony sanitation, social distancing and seating arrangements, and temperature controls at the entrance.
“The five phases of opening reduce the risk, take into account the demand and capacity of the temple and take into account the health restrictions in the temple precinct,” the press release said.