The Central Office is only for contactless delivery only. Many of Atlanta Area meetings are temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but most of them are meeting virtually in the interim. We will do our best to keep this page up to date with the latest closures, information about the 200+ local meetings which have gone virtual, etc.
GSO also has a page on their site dedicated to COVID-19 updates. In particular, a number of groups have reached out to GSO for guidance on how to respond to COVID-19. If you are a group representative, you are encouraged to read the GSO’s response to such inquiries and share with your group.
We are receiving an overwhelming number of calls asking for meeting closure information and other updates related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Instead of calling the Central Office for this information, please check this page, and spread the word to others to do the same.
If, after checking this page, you do not find an answer to your question/concern, please use the contact form below, email us at email@example.com, or call us at 404-525-3178.
Please be patient while all of us deal with this difficult time concerning public health.
Call-Out to Fellowship for Contributions
Since many meetings are not being held physically, there is no 7th tradition basket being passed. Even at the meetings that are still being held physically, there is lower attendance, hence less contributors. GSO, the Atlanta Area Central Office, GSSA and other AA service entities have fixed costs that they are struggling to meet as a result. One way to help mitigate this is to set up a digital basket for your group so that your members can continue their usual contributions virtually instead of physically. This is especially useful if your group is meeting virtually.
Central Office Open with Contactless Pick-Up
While we are not accepting visitors inside the office, we are fully staffed and ready to serve! Per the social distancing guidelines of the CDC, the chairperson of the Atlanta Intergroup/Central Office has made the decision to allow only one special worker in the office at a time. Each day, one worker is rotated into the office while the other is rotated out to work from home.
Ordering is available as always online or over the phone. We strongly suggest having your order shipped rather than picking it up in person at the office. Contactless pick-up is available if necessary. Pay ahead, have a credit card ready, or bring exact change. Prepaid orders will be placed outside the Central Office door.
We will be answering calls as usual and keeping the website as up-to-date as possible. The online store is open, but shipping will likely be delayed.
Most meetings have independently decided to close until further notice. We are actively updating meeting information as we receive it. A list of local meetings that have temporarily stopped meeting as well as meetings that have gone virtual is being maintained and is included in our full local meeting listing and in the Meeting Guide App. Please visit here regularly for the most current information. Meetings which are temporarily closed are marked with three stars (***) in the location column, grayed out, and marked “Temporary Closure” in red. Please be sure to upgrade your Meeting Guide app to the latest version (v3.2.1+) in order to see the temporary closures properly. This upgrade requires uninstalling the old version first, then re-installing from the app store.
If you find a meeting has temporarily closed that we don’t know about, please notify us via the contact form below, an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 404-525-3178.
Over 200 temporary online meetings have been set up for locals who are unable or unwilling to attend meetings in person during this crisis. Of course, anyone anywhere is welcome to join. If you have an online meeting you would like included on our site, please use the feedback form below to send us the details. Be sure to include: Meeting Name, Times/Dates, Type (Open, Closed, etc.), Join Link or Phone Number, Primary Contact/IGR (both email and phone), etc.
In the spirit of the 4th tradition, each of meeting is autonomous. Meetings are listed on our site as a community service. The Central Office does not endorse these meetings.
To help mitigate against Zoom Bombing, we have implemented a global question on our site which has to be answered correctly in order for anyone to access virtual meeting information. Most AAs should know the answer, but if not, it’s easy to look up.
Zoom Meeting Organizers:
- The default Zoom settings run counter to AA’s spiritual foundation of anonymity. The meetings are publicly accessible and full names, phone numbers and often faces are displayed. Additionally, by default all Zoom meetings are recorded to the cloud. Please read this important article about how to adjust these settings.
- There have been issues with unwanted participants joining Zoom meetings for the purpose of disrupting it, and AA is no exception. The New York Intergroup has some advice on this subject. There is also some helpful information from Zoom about it. The Atlanta-Area Quarantined and Sober group has written up a guide as well.
- According to the DOJ, disrupting online meetings or “Zoom Bombing” is a federal offense punishable by imprisonment. Disruptive attendees can now be reported through the Zoom app.
- In or experience, simply adding a password to your meeting and enabling the waiting room is usually sufficient to mitigate against Zoom Bombers. When providing the Central Office with your meeting information, please be sure to include the online password, phone password (if applicable), and the meeting link with the embedded password.
- See The Virtual Basket: Keeping AA’s 7th Tradition Online for guidance on how to set up online donations for your group.
Click here to view all of the local virtual meetings. For Zoom Phone meetings, press # when prompted for your Participant ID.
A number of long-standing international online meetings are also available. Visit the Online Intergroup Meetings Directory for the full list.
“Due to the current changing health situation, many AA meetings across the U.S. and Canada are finding it safer to close. To help members during this time, we are giving everyone free access to most of our 2020 Grapevine and
La Viña issues. Please share with your fellows.” – AA Grapevine
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