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Church leaders update COVID-19 safety measures for Utah

FILE -- A Meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farmington Utah. This was the Church's first solar-paneled meetinghouse. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints updated its guidelines for Utah members to comply with new health orders issued this week.

In a letter sent to local church leaders, the area presidency outlined temporary adjustments to meetings and gatherings. 

“To ensure that the Church is responsive to state executive and public health orders, the Utah Area Presidency asks local Church leaders to make the following four temporary adjustments to ensure increased safety and vigilance during a time of rising COVID-19 cases in the state:

  1. Temporarily suspend in-person second-hour meetings in young single adult (YSA) wards and stakes. These can be held virtually.
  2. Limit in-person youth gatherings to activities with a religious purpose.
  3. Limit in-person attendance at baptisms, funerals, weddings and receptions to immediate family and those who officiate. All others can participate virtually.
  4. Hold stake and ward council meetings, coordination meetings and other large leadership meetings via technology.

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