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May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update

MEETING CONTACT PEOPLE, PLEASE SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR ALTERNATE MEETING SUGGESTIONS.

Zoom is now introducing some new features to prevent interference known as “Zoom bombing”.  Starting April 5, 2020, Zoom will require passwords to enter meetings via Meeting ID.  The video app will also change virtual waiting rooms to be on by default which means that hosts will need to manually admit attendees.

In response to concerns being raised at various meetings, service groups, and individuals, CCSC (CoDA Canada Steering Committee) would like to offer what guidance we are able.  As we are not Health professionals, we can only give our own “experience, strength and hope”.  At the group level having a conversation and group conscience would be a good beginning.  Contacting local health authorities, following advice and restrictions given by the local government and/or facilities where you are renting would also be appropriate.

As the possibility arises of needing an alternate meeting location, discuss alternate ways such as phone meetings, Skype or Zoom.

Having a contact list would be valuable to let members know of any changes and concerns.

If your meeting temporarily moves or goes on hiatus, please add that information to your group’s listing at: https://codacanada.ca/meetings/

At this time, it would be mindful to practice good boundaries.  Many groups are finding it advisable to suspend hand-holding or hugging at meetings, for the time being.  We all have the right to protect ourselves.

For more information: Public Health Services

For a current list of online meetings:  https://codacanada.ca/online-meetings/

* SPECIAL NOTE TO MEETING CONTACT PEOPLE *

If your meeting is temporarily closed, please consider setting up an Alternative Meeting for your group.  Here are a few suggestions (any fees incurred could be paid from your 7th Tradition):

Free Conference: https://www.freeconference.com/
Free Conference Call:  https://www.freeconferencecall.com/global/ca
Google Hangouts:  https://hangouts.google.com/
Skype:  https://www.skype.com/
The Recovery Village: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/treatment-program/online-counseling/recovery-meetings/
Uber Conference:  https://www.uberconference.com/
Webex: https://www.webex.com/
Zoom:  https://zoom.us/