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In the 80 weeks since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began to reopen its temples after closures of the COVID-19 pandemic, 164 of its 170 dedicated temples have been designated for offering all living and proxy temple ordinances.

After the late March 2020 closures, the Church began to reopen its temples seven weeks later, advancing their operations in a careful and cautious four-phase plan that has continued since.

The updates published Tuesday, Nov. 23, are the following changes:

  • The Buenos Aires Argentina Temple, moving to Phase 3 from Phase 2-B as early as Nov. 30.
  • The Hong Kong China and Tokyo Japan temples, being given Phase 3 status, which allows members living in the districts of those two temples — both closed while undergoing lengthy renovations — to participate in ordinances and instruction in other nearby temples.

Counting all the current and projected temples and districts operating in Phase 3, including several that have temporarily paused operations because of local COVID-19 conditions, 164 of the Church’s 170 temples — or 96.5% — are designated now to be offering all living and proxy ordinances.

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