With the Province entering Stage 2 of re-opening after the Covid-19 shutdown, some AA groups are returning to in-person meetings. These groups are following the government requirements for social distancing which means attendance at some meetings may be limited. At this point, Central Office and the website committee is relying upon AA members to keep us informed of their group’s current status. As soon as we are aware of any changes, these will be posted to the website, usually within a few hours. There are a lot of changes happening rapidly and we will do our best to keep you informed.
The following changes are now in effect:
- On November 25th, 2020, the Alberta Associate Minister of Mental Heath and Addictions declared AA EXEMPT from the number of individuals allowed in private social gatherings – barring they comply with the guidelines of distancing and proper facial protection.
- View a list of all temporarily closed meetings, or by day; Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday
- Online Meetings
- Zoom Meetings as of April 5th, 2020 will require a password for those attending a meeting through the Meeting ID Number. Those attending a meeting via zoom link will not require a password.
- ** IMPORTANT ** For places still holding in-person meetings, they must follow the guidelines as laid out by Alberta Health or risk being shut down.
- to view full list of guidelines click here
- Groups must also practice social distancing as required by Alberta Health
- To see full list click here
- Good sterilization and cleaning practices for frequently touched areas can be found here
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- Calgary and Region Online Meetings
See All Calgary and Region Online Meetings (click here)
- HOW TO AN ONLINE MEETING:
- From a Computer/Laptop/Tablet:
- – Download Zoom (Zoom.us – The Cloud Meeting)
- – Dark grey area at the bottom of the page
- – Computer must have camera and microphone
- From a Smartphone/iPad:
- – Download Zoom app
- From a Computer/Laptop/Tablet:
CLICK: Join Meeting
Enter Personal Meeting ID + password, or click Zoom icon link if available
- Area 78 Online Meeting Directory
Area 78 has a downloadable PDF containing regional online AA Meetings (click here)
- Online Intergroup
This is a website hosting a variety of online meetings http://aa-intergroup.org/
- Registering an Online Meeting with Calgary Intergroup
Groups are currently using Social Media, Google Hangouts, Zoom and other forms of online resources to host and attend meetings. Check with your group members or GSR’s and find out what your group is doing.
If attending a meeting the following guidelines are recommended by Alberta Health Services for all events/meetings of 50 people or less:
- Clarify that individuals who are sick with a fever or cough should not attend (even if symptomsappear to be mild or resembling a cold);
- Recommend that anyone at high-risk of severe disease not attend the event;
- Reduce the number of participants or change the venue to prevent crowding;
- Stagger the time of arrivals and departures;
- Provide packaged refreshments instead of a buffet;
- Increase access to handwashing stations;
- Frequently clean surfaces that are touched often;
- Promote personal protective practices (hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, staying home if ill); (note; would be good to have a link to that info here)
- Offer virtual or live‐streamed activities instead of in-person events; and
- Change the event program to remove activities that increase the risk of disease transmission suchas those that require physical contact between participants
For more information please see Alberta Health Services