March 13, 2020: Order imposing a mandatory countywide moratorium on gatherings of more than 100 persons, and a conditional countywide moratorium on gatherings of between 35-100 persons, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; and statement on school closure
Legal Prohibition on Gatherings of More than 100 People
The County Health Officer issued an order, effective at 12:00 a.m. on March 14, 2020, prohibiting public or private gatherings of more than 100 people.
The County Health Officer has also banned gatherings of 35 to 100 people unless certain conditions are met.
A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, theater, restaurant, bar, or any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space.
Immediately Halt Gatherings of 35 to 100 People
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is making its strongest call to all county residents to immediately cancel or postpone all gatherings and community events with 35 to 100 people.
If a gathering is absolutely necessary, it is your responsibility to:
● Stop anyone who is sick with fever or respiratory symptoms from attending.
● Ensure that those who are at higher risk for serious illness do not attend.
● Provide people enough physical space so that they can stay more than arm’s length (approx. 6 feet) apart from others.
● Ensure that there are adequate supplies for hand washing including soap, paper towels, and waste receptacles and urge attendees to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.
● Direct attendees to:
○ Avoid close contact with other people.
○ Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
○ Cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue – if available – or into their elbow.
● Clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes or other standard cleaners before, during, and after the event.
Note that a gathering is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, theater, restaurant, bar, or any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space.
HOW DOES THIS BAN IMPACT A.A. MEETINGS?
We understand that these are unprecedented times, and at the same time meetings are our lifeline. Finding balance and serenity is our call.
A.A. meetings are still happening.
To help you navigate this new county ordinance, some meetings have stated that they will be navigating the ordinance policies as follows:
MEETINGS WITH ATTENDANCE OF 100 PEOPLE OR LESS:
● Using Greeters to ask each attendee if they are sick. Anyone who is sick is not allowed to enter the meeting. This is the County Ordinance.
● Setting up the meeting by ensuring each seat is arms distance from each other. Generally, 1 chair spaced out with 2 empty spaces, then the next chair. Example:Chair / space / space/ Chair
● Instead of holding hands at conclusion of meeting, some are simply standing up and doing the closing
● Meetings are suspending coffee and/or snacks. If snacks are offered, they are individually wrapped like granola bars.
● Literature is available, but not on display.
● Chips are given out but placed on the table for the recipient to pick up, not handed and no hugs.
● Bringing or supplying antibacterial soap for attendees to wash hands.
● Having hand sanitizer dispensed by greeters to all who enter.
● 7th Tradition basket is not passed but placed in a convenient location.
MEETINGS WITH ATTENDANCE OF 100 PEOPLE OR MORE:
According to the Ordinance, any meeting must be under 100.
We have been informed that some meetings are being canceled because the facility that the meeting is held at is closed or has asked them to. We are updating our meeting directory to provide the most up to date meeting information.
If your meeting is one of those that are being closed we are sorry. Some of those meetings have decided to change formats and are providing weekly Virtual style meetings in lieu of public meetings. If your meeting decides to do that, we can update our meeting guide to provide your groups Virtual Meeting details. Full ordinance found: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/COVID-19-Guidance-031320.aspx