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Four Pacific Area temples will be the next ones to return to performing all living ordinances within the next few weeks, eight months since The Church of Jesus Christ began reopening its temples after halting operations because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The four will move to Phase 3 in early February 2021; no temples are entering new phases in the coming week in the Church’s careful and cautious four-phased process.
The four are:
- Melbourne Australia Temple, moving to Phase 3 on Feb. 1
- Adelaide Australia Temple, moving to Phase 3 on Feb. 8
- Perth Australia Temple, moving to Phase 3 on Feb. 8
- Suva Fiji Temple, moving to Phase 3 on Feb. 8
Meanwhile, two more temples — the Concepción Chile and Santiago Chile temples — are pausing because of local COVID-19 conditions. Both had been operating in Phase 2.
Phase 1 allows for limited living husband-and-wife sealings by appointment, while Phase 2 allows for those sealing as well as all other living ordinances, also by appointment. Phase 3 includes everything from the first two phases and the performance of temple ordinances for deceased individuals, with Phase 3 temple adjustments introduced by Church leaders on Dec. 7, 2020.
Of the 19 temples which currently have “paused” operations because of local COVID-19 conditions and restrictions, 15 had reached Phase 2 operations and the other four Phase 1.
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