A decision was reached by consensus during the March Regional Service committee meeting: Any face-to-face meeting that is taking place in a part of the UK where they are legally allowed, is eligible to be listed on the website (click here for link to instructions to relist your meetings).
Currently, UK Government guidance is:
“We continue to recommend that where meetings can take place digitally without the need for face-to-face contact they should continue to do so”
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It is imperative to keep covid secure when gathering at face-to-face meetings.
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Some thoughts from Tradition Four “It Works How and Why”
Through working the steps, we learn that with freedom comes responsibility. In recovery, we become responsible for ourselves. As we accept that responsibility, we see how the Fourth Tradition encourages us to act responsibly as groups and as a fellowship.
It’s also important to consider how we’re viewed by society…If the public reputation of Narcotics Anonymous is somehow impaired, addicts may die…The Fourth Tradition guides us away from self-centeredness by giving us the freedom to act responsibly as groups.
If you plan to hold face-to-face meetings, it is imperative to check the local government guidelines for your location to see if mutual aid groups are legally allowed to meet. Liaise with your venue to confirm Covid secure risk assessments are in place. Ensure your committee has planned effectively how to carry out Covid secure meetings for the safety of your members.
Different countries within the UK fellowship have different Covid laws, your location may also be subject to local lock down measures. It may not be legal to hold your meetings as guidance can vary between England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands; and is subject to constant review.
Please continue to regularly check your local guidance. The legal status of meetings may change after you have relisted your meeting. Each group is ultimately responsible for complying with up-to-date legislation.
Suggestions for meetings that are currently face-to-face. Has your group…
- Read and considered current regional and local government guidance?
- Communicated fully with the venue and understood their Covid-19 secure risk assessment and obligations i.e. the maximum number of members allowed (still maintaining social distancing), cleaning procedures etc?
- Decided who in the group will take responsibility for collecting track and trace information of members (and storage of that information and how long this will be kept for) - if required?
- Planned what to do if/when more members come to the meeting than are allowed in the building? Will members be asked to wait outside until another member has left? Will members leave to allow newcomers to attend etc?
- Discussed who will be responsible for the cleaning of toilets, surfaces and chairs etc. If required before and after the meetings, who will provide the products?
- Thought who will provide hand sanitisers/masks etc?
- Decide to suspend refreshments or safest ways to collect Tradition 7 or use of our readings?
- Decide how social distancing guidance will be maintained during and outside of the meeting?
- Considered how to respond if a member attends displaying symptoms of Coronavirus?
- Thought about if your meeting has insurance and if this is necessary?
Please consider if your group conscience believes that your meeting can open in accordance with the UK Government Covid-19 secure guidelines and stay within our NA Traditions. These will not be the only considerations your group may want to explore during your group conscience. This is not an exhaustive list, rather a starting point. We hope they will be of use.
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Please continue to check your local government guidance:
- Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-one-to-one-support-and-support-groups/
- Wales: https://www.gov.wales/staying-safe-social-distancing
- Jersey: https://www.gov.je/Health/Coronavirus/BusinessAndEmployment/Pages/CoronavirusBusinessAdvice.aspx#Gatherings
More than 900 meetings are now online, thank you to all involved.
Online Meeting resources can be found by clicking the following links:
- Zoom Guidance: https://www.ukna.org/page/ukna-zoom-guidance
- Online Meeting Guidance: https://www.ukna.org/page/ukna-online-meeting-guidance
- UKNA Online Meetings: https://ukna.org/online
- Virtual NA: https://virtual-na.org
In Loving Service