News Release

As COVID-19 Restrictions Ease, Members Return to Church in PH

Social distancing and sanitation protocols still remain in place

With COVID-19 restrictions easing in several areas in the Philippines, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is gradually reintegrating to Sunday worship at Church. On Sunday, 30 August 2020, close to 700 wards (congregations) and branches (small congregations) have resumed Sacrament services.


With ample caution, the Church has established policies to remain compliant with the government’s physical distancing and sanitation protocols.

Moreover, the government has recently allowed faith-based institutions in Metro Manila to hold religious services. This allows churches up to 10% of the seating capacity in places of worship. In previous regulations, areas under general community quarantine were only allowed 10 persons to participate in any religious gatherings.

The news came much to the delight of thousands of Latter-day Saints who have not been allowed to gather in chapels to worship since March 2020.

Latest Statistics

The Church in the Philippines has 115 stakes (dioceses) and 63 districts (small dioceses). As of 30 August, 50 stakes and 53 districts have held Sacrament meetings. No Sunday school classes were held at this time.

The following are stakes and districts that have returned to Church for Sabbath worship, starting from July to August: 


  • Mabalacat
  • Rosales
  • Cabanatuan
  • Cadiz
  • Bacolod North
  • Batac
  • Bayambang
  • Urdaneta
  • Legazpi
  • Tacloban (some units)
  • General Santos (some units)
  • Iloilo
  • San Jose Del Monte North
  • Bacolod North
  • Sagay
  • Bacolod
  • Olongapo
  • San Jose Nueva Ecija
  • Calasiao
  • Laoag
  • Vigan
  • Alicia
  • Santiago
  • Ballesteros
  • Ilagan
  • Tuguegarao North
  • Tuguegarao South
  • Butuan
  • Bago
  • Binalbagan
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Tarlac
  • San Fernando La Union
  • Candon
  • San Francisco
  • Digos
  • Sogod
  • Kalibo
  • Roxas Capiz
  • Angeles
  • Lubao
  • Sta. Ignacia
  • Escalante
  • Bacolod South
  • Santiago North
  • Lingayen
  • Ormoc
  • Lopez
  • Lucena
  • Tolosa
  • Camiling
  • Panigui
  • Cagayan de Oro
  • Sta. Cruz
  • Davao
  • Pagadian
  • Oroquieta
  • Mindoro Oriental
  • Tabaco
  • Quezon Palawan
  • Bangued
  • Bauang
  • Masbate
  • Bongabon
  • Balayan
  • San Jose Occidental Mindoro
  • San Carlos
  • Alaminos
  • Agoo
  • Baler
  • Guimba
  • Aguilar
  • Bangui
  • Cauayan
  • Aparri
  • Burgos
  • Gonzaga
  • Bislig
  • Monkayo
  • Tanjay
  • Tanjay
  • Panabo
  • Mangaldan
  • Borongan
  • Balingasag
  • Gingoog
  • Jordan
  • Jordan
  • Narra
  • La Carlota
  • Sipalay
  • Bambang
  • Solano
  • Surigao
  • Sta. Cruz Marinduque
  • Baybay
  • Carigara
  • Catbalogan
  • Calapi
  • Sta. Cruz
  • Camiling
  • Bogo
  • Sogod
  • Dipolog
  • Oroquieta
  • Biliran
  • Hinunangan
  • Antique

Health and Safety

With Church units reopening, the Church of Jesus Christ encourages its members to still abide by government regulations when gathering for Sunday worship.

Members who are at high risk of infections are advised to stay home, including those who are sick. Physical contact such as shaking hands, touching the mouth, eyes, and nose should be avoided.

When sitting, members should maintain distance even if they are with family members. They should also clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Members are also advised to wash hands with soap and water or disinfect them with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizers regularly and thoroughly.

Before entering the worship hall, members are asked to log into the Contact Tracing form in case there should be a need.

For members who cannot attend Church service, they are encouraged to continue their at-home Sabbath worship with their families.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will continue to monitor changes on government regulations and quarantine protocols to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. Local Church leaders will receive notifications for any changes in policies about religious worship.

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