The New NormalTransitioning from Virtual to In-Person Meetings
Each group is autonomous. What works for one group may or may not work for another group. Several business meetings may be required to discuss how to transition from virtual to in-person meetings. This article presents things to consider.
Talk to your meeting facility. Follow their guidelines.
Considering Hybrid? Talk to your meeting facility and find out about existing infrastructure. Churches may have purchased sound and TV equipment.
Safety & Sanitation
Follow state and local capacity and cleaning guidelines. Consider new group service positions:
- Sanitation. Purchase cleaning supplies and safety supplies.
- Safety officer. This position could read and enforce a safety statement, or post signage.
New Social Norms
Initiate new social norms: Social distance, no hugging, and no holding hands. Decide as a group if you want to require masks at all times. Groups may want to consider requiring masks for anyone unvaccinated, or anyone who is feeling ill.
In-Person or Hyrbid
Many groups like the convenience of online meetings, but miss the face-to-face contact. Consider separate social gatherings, or once a month in person meetings.
Sound fidelity, equipment quality, and in-group technical expertise should be carefully considered before attempting hybrid meetings.
7th tradition donations
Transition to locating the contribution basket to the center of the table or circle. Move away from passing the basket.
Transition to standing ovations, clapping and hollering, or any other celebratory tradition. Send your prayers to the chip rather than passing.
Check with your facility for their policy. Consider eliminating refreshments or limiting to single serve.
Consider implementing changes for 6 months. As it becomes safer, decisions made now can always be reconsidered by the group.
“I am responsible, when anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there, and for that. I am responsible.”