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Several Church historic sites now closed due to coronavirus concerns


Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

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The Church has announced temporary closure for many Church historic sites due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus.

As of Monday, March 16, the following historic sites are temporarily closed:


Elder Randall K. Bennett, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, walk around the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in Sharon, Vt., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

  • San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site
  • St. George area historic sites
  • Cove Fort Historic Site
  • Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters
  • Kanesville Tabernacle
  • Missouri historic sites
  • Nauvoo historic site and Carthage Jail
  • Kirtland historic sites
  • New York and Pennsylvania historic sites
  • Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial
  • Mormon Handcart Historic Site in Wyoming

“At some places, such as the Sacred Grove, grounds will remain open so visitors can walk through. However, guided tours will not be provided at these locations," according to the update on Newsroom.

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