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For only the second time in the eight months since The Church of Jesus Christ began reopening its temples that had halted operations because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, no temples are entering new phases in the Church’s careful and cautious four-phased process.

The latest changes involve four temples and the pausing of operations after reopenings because of local COVID-19 conditions and restrictions.

The Halifax Nova Scotia Temple, which previously had paused its operations, is returning to Phase 2 operations.

Meanwhile, three others temples — the Bogotá Colombia, Mexico City Mexico and Montreal Canada temples — are pausing because of local COVID-19 conditions. The Montreal temples had been operating in Phase 2 and the Mexico City Temple in Phase 1. The Bogotá temple was to start Phase 2 operations on Jan. 11, the Church announced last week.

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 17 temples which currently have “paused” operations because of local COVID-19 conditions and restrictions, 13 had reached Phase 2 operations and the other four Phase 1.

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