Updated: March 27, 2020
Note: During this Coronavirus outbreak the news changes rapidly. We will continually be updating this post as we get new relevant information. If you become aware of any closure or change, please notify us immediately by email at email@example.com.
Governor John Carney issued the fourth and fifth modifications to his State of Emergency declaration, ordering Delawareans to stay at home whenever possible and closing all non-essential businesses in Delaware to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The orders went into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. They will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated. Go here for a full list of essential and non-essential businesses, as defined by Sunday’s order.
Delawareans may leave their homes to get groceries, pick up a prescription, see a doctor, and engage in other activities essential to their health, and the health and well-being of their family members, including pets. Delawareans may also engage in outdoor activity, but must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Additional details are available in the text of Governor Carney’s order.
- Local Online Meetings — Go here for a list of local meetings that have temporarily moved online.
- Local Suspended Meetings — Go here for a list of local meetings that have temporarily been suspended.
- Looking for other online meetings? — Try A.A. online, or New York City remote online meetings, or Washington DC meetings.
- Want to set up your own online meetings? — For information on setting up your own remote online meetings, A.A. Intergroup of SF & Marin and NY Intergroup are excellent resources. If you do decide to start one, please let us know by email if you want it listed.
- The Grapevine and La Viña are here to help — To help members during this time, they are giving everyone free access to all of the 2020 Grapevine and La Viña issues. This also includes the audio stories so people can listen to the stories if they like
- The Area 12 Pre-Conference Assembly, scheduled for April 4th at the Simpson Center, will instead be held ONLINE through Zoom. Go here for latest meeting information.
Recommended Zoom Settings to Protect Anonymity
In your Profile Settings, go to Meeting Tab at https://zoom.us/profile/setting?tab=meeting and do the following:
- Require Encryption for 3rd Party Endpoints (H323/SIP), switch ON
- Auto saving chats, switch OFF
- Chat, check “prevent participants from saving chat
- File transfer, switch OFF
- Feedback to Zoom, switch OFF
- Screen sharing, switch OFF
- Remote support, switch OFF
Then go to the Recording tab, at https://zoom.us/profile/setting?tab=meeting and do the following:
- Local recording, switch OFF
- Cloud recording, switch OFF
- Automatic recording, switch OFF
As we mentioned in this post, each group is autonomous, so it is up to each group how to address creating on-line meetings and other safeguards. However, as individual A.A. members, we are responsible for our own recovery — that responsibility extends to maintaining our own health, regardless of what our groups and meetings decide to do.
Most importantly, if you have a desire to drink, reach out for help to friends in the fellowship. You can also email us or call us at 302-856-6452. We are available 24/7 should you need to make contact with another sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous outside of a meeting.
Here are some other ideas and resources that you or your group might use to stay connected. (This is not an endorsement of any of these services, but a list of suggestions.)
- Have a phone tree ready for your group.
- Attend an online A.A. meeting.
- Set up conference calls at the day and time of your regular meeting. Here are several free technologies such as Free Conference Call, Zoom, Google Hangouts (available as a Chrome app) and Facetime for iOS.
For more accurate information about the coronavirus and the latest updates, see:
Here’s wishing everyone good health and continued sobriety.