Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most area meetings have been temporarily closed since March, and many groups moved their meetings online. As the state of Ohio begins to reopen, each group is responsible for deciding what makes sense for their meeting and whether/how to safely begin meeting in person again. Our traditions must guide us during this time, as well as the laws and Ohio Department of Health orders, and local county health orders.
We provide information about in-person meetings and our Area Office hours of operation as a convenience, but the Central Ohio Area Service Committee of NA cannot verify the measures taken by individual groups or the Area Office as they address the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Area PR Subcommittee has put together a checklist to help guide group discussion based on the experience of other groups, areas, and regions during this time. This is not meant as permission, instructions, or requirements for reopening. It is meant as a resource on where to find information, and what kinds of things to consider. There are links to a number of resources below that can help guide your group when deciding how to move forward.
For all group updates, including whether/when you are reopening in person and any special instructions you may have for members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a link where you can download a printable PDF schedule of local virtual meetings.
Some information that our community of recovering addicts might find helpful:
- “Safe distancing” is considered to be at least 6 feet between each person; To keep yourself and others safe, you may consider not shaking hands, or hugging, or circling up at the end of a meeting as a very reasonable response to this pandemic
- Young people may be at lower risk of contracting full-on COVID-19, but they are still capable of spreading it to others in the community; acting on this awareness might literally spare someone’s life, and again, “flatten the curve” so as to make sure all Ohioans can get access to the health care they will need
- Along with safe distancing, regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer, and not touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) are some ways to keep yourself and others safe
- If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or runny nose, do not risk infecting others: Stay home; call your sponsor and members of your support group; call our 24/7 helpline at 614-252-1700; read free NA literature available from this site; attend virtual and phone meetings; meditate, seek connection, and work the steps.