COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, church slowly begins to reopen

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is following the lead of governments and healthcare professionals around the world, already which also considers a return to normal operating procedures.

According to the Church’s website, officials say the Church is ready to move forward in all areas of the world, but with caution to ensure the preventive spread of the pandemic.

Now, with that in mind, you may be wondering, what functions of the Church have begun the reopening phases? Well, according to officials, Church Distribution and Deseret Book retail stores, and Deseret Industries stores are set to reopen.

“As of September 22, 2020, all Deseret Industries stores have reopened. Each location strictly follows local government safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Customers should visit to schedule a donation and view each store’s hours of operation, ”church leaders share.

Not only are businesses reopening, but there have also been updates to missionary work.

“The process of reassigning missionaries to missions in their home countries is underway and they have begun to receive their new assignments. The Church has issued travel guidelines for missionaries ”, they add.

The temple cult is also in the midst of a total reopening.

“The gradual reopening of the temples began in May 2020. See a weekly list here. Also see this list, which shows the status of each temple as of March 8, 2021, ”include officials.

According to the church, as most things are on the way to reopening and getting back to normal, there are still some church operations that are still temporarily paused, postponed, or closed to the public.

The church provides a list below:

For more information on what the church is doing, visit their website at

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