After nearly two years of limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Latter-day Saint temples will begin to return to full operation. The announcement was made by The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday in a letter shared with Church leaders around the world. The letter reads:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Thank you for your patience during restricted temple operations that occurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are eager to return the temples to full operation as soon as possible. Now that more people are immunized, we are pleased to announce that temples throughout the world will gradually return to more normal operations, including the elimination of face masks and capacity restrictions.
Based on local circumstances, the return to normal operations for each temple will be made by the temple presidencies and Area Presidencies in consultation with the Temple Department. Temple presidencies are invited to prepare plans to return temples to full capacity.
We are grateful for the sacred work performed in temples. We trust that our members will rejoice in the lessening of restrictions and will increase their commitment to temple and family history work.
Russell M. Nelson
Dallin H. Oaks
Henry B. Eyring
You can click here to see a full list of temples and their current operating status. You can also see any relevant guidelines and restrictions. Temples first closed in March 2020 and began reopening in limited capacity that fall. The Church has utilized a phased reopening system. Most temples are currently in Phase 3, which allows for live and proxy ordinances at a limited capacity. It is unclear if appointments will still need to be scheduled as temples reopen.