Re-Opening Meetings

Please note: These resources are intended to provide you with information for your group, not to tell your group what to do. It is up to the group to have an informed group conscience.

There are many thorny issues to contend with in deciding when and how best to re-open your group’s meetings.

Here are some useful resources

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Finding Re-Opened Meetings

To view ALL COVID Reopen Confirmed meetings visit:

https://suffolkny-aa.org/meetings/?tsml-day=any&tsml-type=ROPN

(meetings confirmed to have remained open or have reopened):

To view TODAY’s COVID Reopen Status Unknown meetings visit:

https://suffolkny-aa.org/meetings/?tsml-type=UNK

(meetings we haven’t heard from one way or another):

Upcoming Re-Openings

The following meetings are reopening soon:
Town Group Reopen Date
East Hampton East Hampton Group Aug 4th, 7:45pm

Meeting Guide App

The AA Meeting Guide App is a free of charge meeting finder app for iOS and Android that provides meeting information from A.A. service entities in an easy-to-access format. Click here for full details.

We are limited in what information we can push to the meeting guide app. As a result, COVID Reopen Confirmed meetings and COVID Reopen Status Unknown meetings will look similarly in the app.

The one difference being that groups which have informed us they’ve reopened will be listed as ** Group Name ** and there will be a ** COVID RE-OPENED CONFIRMED ** note in the meeting details page.

Your Group and the Meeting List

SIA does its best to keep the Meeting List up to date, but…

We Need Your Group’s Support and Your Help.

Please help us keep your group’s listing as up to date as possible.

  1. Check your group’s listing in the Meeting Finder and email any updates to the Meetings Chair at meetings@­suffolkny-aa.org OR call the SIA Office at the number found at the top of this page.
  • Of particular interest during this period of re-openings:
    • if your meeting is suspended due to COVID-19 concerns, is it marked as Temporarily Closed?
    • if your meeting has Reopened, is it marked as COVID Reopen Confirmed?
      If your group would like to be listed as reopened on the meeting list, send an email to the Meetings Chair at meetings@­suffolkny-aa.org OR call the SIA Office at the number found at the top of this page.
    • many groups have reopened with certain requirements
      Let us know exactly how you’d like to be listed!!
      For example:
      • Outdoor Meeting
      • Hybrid Meeting
      • Mask Required
      • Mask Optional
      • Social Distancing Required
      • BYO Coffee
      • BYO Book
      • BYO Chair
    • if your meeting is marked as COVID Reopen Status Unknown, we have not heard whether your group’s meetings have continued unaffected, remain suspended or recently reopened. Send us an email confirming your status!
    • if your meeting is holding meetings online, is that information listed correctly?
    • once your meeting has Reopened, will it continue holding online meetings?
    • if you are no longer holding online meetings, have those meetings been deleted from the meeting list?
  1. You can go one step further by updating all your group’s information, including meeting schedule, meeting location address as well as the contact information by filling out the Group Update Form and emailing it back to the Meetings Chair
Please visit the Group Forms Page to download the form.

From SENY Delegate

Excerpted From:

Reopening Meeting Spaces Safely

Bearing in mind the Traditions, here are questions your group may wish to consider:
  • Has your home group scheduled a group conscience or business meeting to consider resuming face-to-face meetings?
  • Is your group familiar with the latest CDC, state, and local regulations concerning large group meetings? Where can these regulations be found? How can these regulations be communicated to the group?
  • Has your group considered how its actions and decisions could affect other groups, or could affect AA as a whole?
  • Will your group’s regular meeting place limit capacity while following government mandates regarding physical distancing? If not, how will your group meet the needs of alcoholics and also avoid controversy?
  • Will your home group consider the use of online or call-in meetings during live, face- to-face meetings and why would this option be considered? If online or call-in meetings are utilized during a live, face-to-face meeting, will this raise issues of anonymity?
  • Concerning COVID-19, should our group be concerned with any legal liability issues? If so, what might these be?
  • Will hospitality service continue? If so, what safety measures could your group adopt?
  • Will your group supply hand sanitizer? If not, how will your group conduct meetings safely?
  • Will your group continue to share literature between members during in-person meetings?
  • If masks are required, will your group supply a mask for those without one? Will the greeter’s role be expanded to offer masks? Will there be a need to create new group service commitments regarding safety? Will a member be asked to leave if they do not wear a mask—And how can this be handled lovingly?
  • How will your group practice Tradition 7? Has your group considered vectors in passing a physical basket? If so, how can the basket be passed safely?
  • How has your group considered following government regulations in light of practicing the Traditions—specifically Traditions 4, 5, 10 and 11?

Questions to Consider Before Reopening

Some questions to consider before reopening an AA group/meeting for face to face meetings:
  1. Have you discussed with your landlord (LL) their readiness to have you resume meeting? Is such a conversation needed?
  2. Does the LL impose any restrictions on the meeting over and above those required by Federal, State and County (government) public health authorities in order to resume meeting?
  3. How will the group accommodate the LL’s requirements if any? Be specific.
  4. Is the group aware of any requirements coming from government (such as the wearing of masks, meeting size limits and social distancing) that might restrict or shape resumed meetings?
  5. How will the group accommodate any requirements coming from government that might restrict its meetings? Be specific.
  6. If the meeting is restricted by LL and/or government requirements, how will the group try to assure cooperation when participants choose to flout the requirements?
  7. Are there additional voluntary suggestions coming from the LL or government for safely resuming meetings?
  8. Are there additional ideas supporting safely resuming meetings?
  9. Will the group need to provide any extra supplies (such as disinfectant or masks) to maintain/support the meeting?
  10. Will the group need to consider disinfecting common surfaces before or after meetings?
  11. Are there concerns related to the sharing of books, the common handling of the basket or the provision of refreshments during meetings?
  12. Does the group have access to additional rooms where overflow could be accommodated?
  13. Are meetings in parking lots and/or public spaces a way to handle overflow?
  14. If in the past the group typically drew more attendees than can now be effectively accommodated under any restrictions, how will that be handled?
  15. Is the group prepared to turn attendees away if their attendance violates any new meeting requirements?
  16. If the group has a greeter, will their role change in light of any of the above?
  17. How will all group members support the group’s managing any new responsibilities taken on in order to resume meeting?
  18. Has the group considered how it will respond if requested to cooperate with local health department contact tracing efforts?
  19. Has the group considered not reopening until such time as it can meet unrestricted?
  20. When will the group reopen, and how will that reopening be communicated locally?
  21. If the group has been meeting via Zoom or some other virtual platform, will those meetings continue in any form after the group reopens?
  22. Are there ways to combine face to face and virtual meetings as one?
  23. What lessons for carrying the message (Step 12 and Tradition 5) have been learned during this time of challenge?
  24. Have we become more sensitive to accessibility issues routinely experienced by some members even before this time of challenge?
  25. Has the group continued to pay rent for its meeting space even though not meeting?
  26. Should the group seek forgiveness or a refund for rent due or paid for the time it could not meet?
  27. If the group embraced an electronic channel for receiving contributions (such as Apple Pay, Cash-App, Google Pay, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle), should it maintain that channel once it is meeting again?
Download Handout:
Questions to Consider Before Reopening
(Reopening Questions.wpd/pdf-Rev. 5/18/2020 – courtesy of Nassau Intergroup)

Other Areas' Info

We are posting other areas’ info and guidance to their members.

We are in no way adopting or endorsing these other areas’ guidance. We are simply re-posting here as an aid to your own group’s discussion.

Area 48 - Northeastern New York State

Area 48 (Hudson, Mohawk, Berkshire) has released this Ad-Hoc Committee Report to assist its members in discussing reopening.

NYIG

Government Health Dept Links

Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)www.cdc.gov
New York State Department of Healthcoronavirus.health.ny.gov
Suffolk County  Department of Healthwww.suffolkcountyny.gov/health

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