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Mormon Church to Require Masks in Temples Amid COVID Surge

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that masks will be required inside temples to limit the spread of COVID-19. Church leaders said Wednesday that masks will be required temporarily in an effort to keep temples open.

The message is the latest in a series of statements from church leaders encouraging masking and vaccination efforts against COVID-19. The church is based in Utah, where a summer surge of the virus among unvaccinated residents has grown while vaccination rates have slightly increased. About 64% of Utah residents ages 12 and older were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.