Central Office has received a number of inquiries asking for suggestions for changes to meeting practices as a result of COVID-19. Other members have opined that this is an outside issue, one we ought not weigh in on. Either way, we can likely all agree that gathering professional information can help make an informed group conscience, that each group is autonomous, and that it is up to each individual to take precautions for personal safety.

Perhaps your meeting will choose to lock elbows rather than hold hands at the close of the meeting.  A memo (click here) just released by the  General Service Office in New York shared that, “some groups have considered contingency plans in case the group is temporarily unable to meet in person.” 

Information about the outbreak is widely available. The Center for Disease Control has up-to-date information and suggests the following for prevention:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.

However each group decides to proceed, please do keep us informed so we can keep the meeting schedule accurate and up-to-date.