Since May 2020, temples have been reopening in a cautious, careful way, in four phases and based on local circumstances and governmental restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Temples in the first three phases are operating on a limited basis. Key precautions are in place for temple workers and patrons, including masks worn at all times, 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.
Phase 3 will feature smaller numbers of both patrons and temple workers, a limited temple schedule, and attendance by appointment only.
To prepare for a visit to a temple in Phase 3, Church members should note the following information:
- Symptom screening: You will be asked three times about possible COVID-19 symptoms. These screenings will occur when you schedule the appointment, in an email before you attend the temple and when you arrive at the temple.
- Face masks: Unless you are participating in baptisms, you must wear a face mask throughout your temple visit.
- Other Safety precautions: Regular cleaning and sanitizing within the temple will occur throughout each day. Hand sanitizer stations will be found in many locations.
- Temple clothing: If possible, patrons should bring their own white and ceremonial clothing.
- Baptistry: Groups cannot be larger than 16 persons. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own officiators to the baptistry.
- Endowment: Seating in endowment sessions will be capped at 30% of room capacity. Seating will be physically distanced, and members of the same household will be seated together.
- Sealing: A small number of patrons will be allowed in sealings. Witnesses will be physically distanced from the sealing officiator.
- Family name cards: Temples will no longer print name cards for temple patrons. This must be done by a member before they come to the temple. Following the completion of an ordinance, the temple will record this information in FamilySearch. Name cards will not be returned to patrons.
- Housing and cafeteria: These services will likely remain closed. Patrons are invited to check with the temple in their district for more information.
“The temple is the house of the Lord, where holy ordinances are performed and sacred, meaningful worship takes place,” Elder Stevenson says. “As you faithfully adhere with happy, cheerful hearts to [these adjustments], you will be blessed, uplifted, and strengthened.”