Reopening Information

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 conscience. There are many thorny issues to contend with in deciding when and how best to re-open your groups meetings.
Here are some useful resources:

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 his 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 or receiving contributions (such as Apple Pay, Cash-App, Google Pay, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle), should it maintain that channel once it is meeting again?

To open and downoad as a "pdf" file, click here: Reopening Questions as a PDF File

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Your group
the Meeting List

Nassau Intergroup does its best to keep our
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 Meeting List Chair.
    Of particular interest during this period of reopenings:
    • if your meeting is suspended, it should be marked as
           /Temporarily Closed
    • if your meeting has reopened, it should be marked as
    • many groups may reopen with certain requirements.
      Let us know exactly how you'd like to be listed.
      • Mask Required
      • BYO coffee
      • BYO Book
      • BYO chair
    • 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, is this correctly reflected in your listing?

  2. You can go one step further by updating all your group’s information — including meeting schedule, meeting location, mailing address as well as the contact information by filling out the Group Update Form and emailing it back to the Meeting List Chair.

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Finding Re-Opened Meetings

To find meetings that have returned
to face2face meetings:
do a search for
in the search box on left side.

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Meeting Guide Web 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.

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Additional Resources

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.

from New York Intergroup

"Considerations for Opening"

from SENY Area 49

from the Area Delegate

from Area 48 (Hudson, Mohawk, Berkshire)

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

Follow the program 24 Hours Every Day
and remember that
“Easy Does It; First Things First”
helps when you are confronted with a tough problem.

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