TRADITION 1: Our common welfare should come first. Personal recovery depends on NA unity.
TRADITION 4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.
COVID – 19 RESOURCES FOR NA MEETINGS
The common welfare of NA members is a priority as the world continues to deal with the impact of COVID-19. Some home groups and meetings are reopening or moving from online meetings to in-person meetings. A group of trusted servants from MTA and GNA has worked together to provide tools, resources, and recommendations to help as we get within hugging distance again.
The Areas encourage all home groups and members to be mindful of the executive orders for reopening by our Governor and local officials. Orders regarding social distancing, group size limitations, mask requirements, and other preventative measures vary by county (links below):
Dickson, Houston, Lewis, and Smith Counties use TN site
MASKS ARE STRONGLY SUGGESTED IN ALL MEETINGS AND ARE LEGALLY REQUIRED IN SOME COUNTIES (Check local health department requirements.)
- If masks are required, update the meeting format and determine a plan if a member does not wear a mask in the meeting. Reference the group booklet on disruptive behavior; members who don’t follow group guidelines could be asked to leave or the meeting could be shut down early if the problem is not resolved.
- Sanitize the space before and after the meeting, including chairs and anything else members touch. Consider providing cleaning supplies for members who want to clean their own areas.
- Move chairs for space between members, use a measuring tape to ensure at least 6 feet distance.
- Consider purchasing forehead thermometer, if available, and taking attendee temperatures prior to the meeting.
- Download readings/books/IPs to avoid passing literature around the meeting.
- Put the 7th tradition basket in a stationary place; or consider using a money app for donations.
- If the group is still handing out key tags, spray with disinfectant before and after the meeting.
- Have gloves and sanitizer available for anyone signing papers, handling donations, or handing out key tags.
- Do not share any physical items, including pens, papers, coffee pots, food, or drink.
- Create electronic versions of phone lists, or exchange phone numbers via text.
- Refer attendees to websites (nanashville.org) or apps for meeting schedules instead of using paper lists.
- Circle up without touching, and maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet.
- Consider creating a service position to place a single point of responsibility for sanitizing.
CDC Facility Cleaning Guidelines: here