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The Cleveland District Office has received a number of calls asking us what our stance/suggestions are regarding meetings and the COVID-19 virus. In accordance with our 10th tradition “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues, hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy”.

Each group is autonomous and can decide what protocols they want at their meeting through a group conscience. The Group should announce what the group protocols are before the meeting starts so there is no confusion about hand holding at the end of the meeting.

Since there is no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 virus, each member may want to think about the following suggestions:

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses in general, such as colds and the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Don’t share food, beverages or smoking devices with others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid shaking hands—try a fist bump instead
  • Stay home when sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve or cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue directly into the trash
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the AA Cleveland District Office.