The General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous (GSO) in New York has released a bulletin in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is an excerpt from the document

Some groups have discussed making changes to customs at their meetings. Some examples have included: avoiding shaking hands and handholding; making sure meeting hospitality tables are sanitary; or suspending food hospitality for the time being. Regardless of group decisions, each individual is responsible for their own health decisions.
Some groups have considered contingency plans in case the group is temporarily unable to meet in person. Plans have included: creating contact lists and keeping in touch by phone, email or social media; meeting by phone or online. Providing members information for the A.A. Online Intergroup ( may serve as an additional helpful resource. If a group isn’t holding its regular meetings, they may want to communicate this to local A.A. resources, such as the district, area and Intergroup or central office.

Please download the PDF and share with your groups.  As per our 4th Tradition – Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole, District 11 cannot dictate or provide specific instructions on what your Group should do or not do.


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A lot of information is being published regarding COVID-19, including the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a Pandemic Alert on March 11, 2020. While this type of alert can assist with enhancing awareness of the need for countries to take additional measures to protect their citizens, here are few tips that can assist you, your family, as well as your employees with reducing potential exposure to COVID-19. Note: these techniques are based upon input from both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the WHO.

Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soapy warm water. The soap suspends bacterial material from your skin, with the water washing the combination down the drain. While this may sound overly simplistic, it truly one on the most effective methods. If soap and water are not readily available, use your preferred hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. The mucous membranes in these areas can serve as a transport mechanism for COVID-19 to enter your system.

Avoid close contact with individuals who are ill. In other words, treat the COVID-19 the same way as other communicable infections or diseases. A good rule of thumb is to maintain at least six feet from individuals who are exhibiting symptoms.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Discard the used tissue in a waste container or trash can. Wash your hands as soon as you can.

Drink fluids, the more frequently the better. In addition to helping to maintain overall wellbeing, drinking fluids helps avoid your mouth becoming dry. In turn, this reduces the potential for COVID-19 being introduced into your system.

Remain at home when you are sick. In addition to accelerating your recovery, it reduces the potential for COVID-19 to be spread to your co-workers.

If you need to leave your home while sick, wear a facemask. This reduces the potential for you to spread COVID-19 to others.

On a daily basis, clean and disinfect surfaces in the workplace that are touched frequently. Examples include doorknobs, light switches, phones, desks, faucets, kitchen areas, etc.