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Church Historical Sites Closed By Pandemic To Reopen In May

The Brigham Young Winter Home and Office in St. George, Utah. (Used by permission, 2021 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A plan has been approved for the phased-in reopening of historical sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sites were closed as a precaution against spread of coronavirus.

The announcement was made Thursday by the First Presidency.

Each site will consider local guidelines and missionary availability before opening, a news release said.

The locations in Utah included the Brigham Young Winter Home and Office, Hamblin Home, and St. George Tabernacle, which will all reopen on May 1. Cove Fort will reopen on May 28.

“We’re thrilled that the Church’s historic sites will be open to visitors this summer,” said Church Historian and Recorder Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. of the Seventy. “We know people are anxious to visit and the missionaries are eager to welcome them. Visiting the sites is a great way for individuals and families to enhance their understanding of Church history. Walking the paths and streets where the early Saints walked and visiting their homes and shops provides an immersive experience with the past. We hope in this year of ‘Come, Follow Me’ study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history, many people will have an opportunity to visit the sites, either in person or via a virtual tour. We are prepared to welcome them.”

The news release said reservations will be required and visitors are encouraged to register ahead of time. Groups of more than 20 will not be allowed in 2021.

Social distancing and face masks are required.

The latest information will be posted regularly on the individual websites and Facebook pages for each site.

Here is a list of the sites and when they are scheduled to reopen.

May 1

Utah

California

Illinois

Iowa

Nebraska

May 28

Utah

New York

Missouri

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Vermont

Wyoming

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