The Central Office and over 1/3 of Atlanta Area meetings are temporarily closed during the pandemic. We will do our best to keep this page up to date with the latest closures, information about the 150+ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 404-525-3178.
Please be patient while all of us deal with this difficult time concerning public health.
Central Office Closure
Per the guidelines of the CDC, the chairperson of the Atlanta Intergroup/Central Office has made the decision to close the Atlanta Central Office and have our special workers work remotely as of March 17, 2020, until further notice.
The online store is temporarily disabled and no items will be shipped until the office reopens. We will, however, still be answering calls and keeping the website as up-to-date as possible.
A number of 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 (Available on Google Play and the Apple App Store). 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 that has been closed, please notify us via the contact form below, an email to email@example.com, or call us at 404-525-3178.
A number of 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 here, 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 these meetings is autonomous. They are listed here 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. (*1)
- If you need help getting your meeting set up, email us and we’ll work with you. (*1)
- If you need help setting up digital donations in accordance with the 7th tradition, email us and we’ll work with you. Options we are familiar with that do not charge processing fees include Google Pay, PayPal, Venmo, and CashApp. (*1)
(*1) The Quarantined and Sober group has daily meetings at 7:30am and 7:00pm, and they are doing all of the above. If you have question about how to set up your meeting, how to configure it to adhere to the traditions, how to keep zoom bombers out, how to accept digital contributes, etc., they have offered to help. Hang out after any meeting and they would be happy to help answer any questions you have. Click here to access their meeting information.
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
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