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Coronavirus: Church closes Latter-day Saint historic sites

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The Joseph Smith Sr. farm in Palmyra, New York.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the closure of all church historic sites Monday afternoon to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The list includes the following locations:

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

Visitors at some historic sites like the Sacred Grove can still walk through but without a guided tour, according to a church statement.

The closure of the church historic sites is the latest in a series of temporary adjustments the church has made in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus. The changes have affected missionary work, Sunday worship services and temple attendance, among others.