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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.

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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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