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Just as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reached having all but two of its temples worldwide reopened since COVID-19-caused closures, local pandemic conditions have resulted in the downgrading or pausing operations of more than a dozen previously reopened temples.

By Monday, Dec. 7, the Church will have reopened 158 of its possible 160 available temples in limited operations.

However, in the 31 weeks of reopening temples following total closure in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest changes in temple status — as announced Monday, Nov. 30, on Newsroom — include the largest group of temples to date either being downgraded from Phase 2 to Phase 1 or pausing operations because of local COVID-19 conditions.

The latest changes include two South America temples reopening in Phase 1 and one Central America temple being upgraded from Phase 1 to Phase 2.

The Dec. 7 temple updates include the following temples reopening in Phase 1:

  • Barranquilla Colombia Temple
  • Caracas Venezuela Temple

And the following temple upgrading to Phase 2:

  • Guatemala City Guatemala Temple

Meanwhile, five Canadian temples being downgraded from Phase 2 to Phase 1 because of local COVID-19 conditions include:

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