Senior LDS missionaries and those with ‘chronic’ medical conditions will come home from Europe immediately amid coronavirus outbreak

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) A choir from the Missionary Training Center in Provo sings at the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Saturday Oct. 6, 2018.

All senior Latter-day Saint missionaries, along with young proselytizers who have “serious or chronic medical conditions,” will return home right away from Europe — regardless of how long they have been serving — due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After their arrival, they will be released as missionaries, church spokesman Daniel Woodruff confirmed late Thursday, and be “considered for reassignment” once the COVID-19 contagion eases.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release that these proselytizers, who are at a higher risk for complications from the disease, will come from 22 missions across Europe starting Thursday.

They are:

• Adriatic South Mission.

• Alpine German-speaking Mission.

• Belgium/Netherlands Mission.

• Czech/Slovak Mission.

• Denmark Copenhagen Mission.

• England Birmingham Mission.

• England Leeds Mission.

• England London Mission.

• England Manchester Mission.

• Finland Helsinki Mission.

• France Paris Mission.

• France Lyon Mission.

• Germany Berlin Mission.

• Germany Frankfurt Mission.

• Italy Milan Mission.

• Italy Rome Mission.

• Norway Oslo Mission.

• Portugal Lisbon Mission.

• Scotland/Ireland Mission.

• Spain Barcelona Mission.

• Spain Madrid Mission.

• Sweden Stockholm Mission.

The chronic conditions for the returning missionaries could include diabetes, asthma, Crohn’s disease, and heart and lung ailments.

After coming back, the missionaries will self-isolate for 14 days, as health officials have advised. The church said they will not be given temporary assignments, as other missionaries previously had in the early days of the outbreak, “but will be considered for reassignment once the COVID-19 situation abates.”

Homeland Security officials have stated that the Trump administration ban on travel from Europe doesn’t apply to legal permanent residents or immediate family of U.S. citizens, according to The Associated Press.

Young Latter-day Saints — men starting at 18 and women at 19 — often fill full-time volunteer missions for their faith. Older married couples frequently do so as well.