LDS Church Authorizes the Re-Opening of Some Meetings and Activities

In a letter from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:


Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On March 12, 2020, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced that all public gatherings of Church members were temporarily suspended worldwide due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With this letter, we now authorize some meetings and activities to be resumed on a limited basis using a careful, phased approach. Area Presidencies will work with the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Presidency of the Seventy who supervise them in deciding when and where meetings can begin in their area. Using caution and adhering to local regulations, they will inform stake and ward leaders when to function using phase 1 or phase 2 guidelines and when to return to standard practices.
The enclosure with this letter provides principles and details to guide this process, which may be adjusted by Area Presidencies as conditions require. Within guidelines provided by the Area Presidency and in counsel with his bishops, each stake president will determine the specific timing for resuming ward and stake meetings and activities.
We are grateful for the faith of our members as they have worshipped at home and are grateful for the blessings that will come as we gather for worship and activities.
Sincerely yours,
The First Presidency



Some of the guidelines are as follows:

- Use an abundance of caution in protecting the health and safety of members. Pay particular attention to members whose health or age puts them at high risk.

- Advise individuals who do not feel well, or who have been asked to self-quarantine, or who exhibit any of the following symptoms that they should not attend meetings: fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, runny nose, or sore throat.

- Follow government regulations in each location regarding public gatherings, including meeting size, frequency, and duration. Please apply government regulations.

- Please return to regular practices slowly, continuing to function remotely using technology while beginning in-person meetings in a phased approach as described below. Priority for in-person gatherings should be given to meetings where ordinances are performed, such as baptisms and sacrament meetings.


Along with these guidelines comes with a PHASED APPROACH on the reopening. For example: Phase 1 of opening up meeting houses are advised to have shortened meetings with up to 99 individuals, following local government guidelines.



Similarly, it is up to leaders to decide how to adjust meeting times so multiple wards and branches aren't in the building together, and whether or not nursery or primary classes should happen.


To learn more about the many other guidelines provided by the Church, please refer to the document linked below: