In-person Meetings & Manitoba Public Health Orders
(The following is a message from Richard M., A.A. Manitoba Area 80 General Service Chairperson)
We have received an updated public health order for our meetings.
As per the public health orders, in effect from 12 Feb 2021 at 12:01 a.m. to 5 Mar 2021 at 12:01a.m.
Please inform your groups ASAP and any other groups that may not have a GSR or Intergroup representative.
Updated: Letter received
Hello (AA Members),
I hope all is well.
The new Public Health Orders are out and there is a section dedicated to self-help organizations holding group meetings:
Essentially, in–person meetings may occur as long as the number of persons does not exceed 25% of the usual capacity of the meeting room, or 15 persons, whichever is lower. As well, ensuring all attendees are able to maintain a separation of at least 2 metres at and during the meeting.
It is still best practice to limit the size numbers where possible.
Other provisions in the Orders such as the use of masks in Order 23 still apply.
Participants must still observe the fundamentals for protecting themselves against COVID-19, such as practicing good hand hygiene as well as cough etiquette, and physical distancing, including staying home when ill.
Please confirm you have received this update.
A copy of the orders can be found at: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/index_orders.php
(Senior Government Official)
(Name and contact info deleted)
Some of you have contacted us regarding the 25% capacity and how can that be determined. Some rooms may not have a documented capacity for your meeting space. We will look into this tomorrow. Hope to have an update for you.
N.B. Since the Northern region remains in lockdown, the above noted changes. for A.A. in person meetings, do not apply to the Northern region.
Yours in service.
Area 80 Chair
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A.A. Manitoba Central Office
Manitoba Central Office is OPEN during regular office hours: 11:30 am to 5:00 pm. Please note the following restrictions:
- Visitors are asked not to enter the office beyond the first meeting table in the main office area.
- Pick-up and delivery of office supplies and literature are welcome.
- Items will be exchanged across a table at the front of the office for that purpose.
- Cash can be used for literature purchases.
- Hand sanitizer will be available.
- Washroom facilities are not available for use by visitors.
- Committee meetings are allowed:
- People to enter one at a time with proper social distance.
- MAXIMUM 5 people in meeting.
- People to sit no closer than 3 empty chairs from next person to left or right.
- People to sit along the wall rather than at the tables to ensure 6′ separation.
- Meeting chairperson sits alone at the head of table.
- After the meeting disinfectant wipes / other appropriate cleaning liquid and paper towels are used to wipe the tables and chairs that have been used.
The A.A. Manitoba Web Team are striving to provide up-to-date information for A.A. members and groups throughout our website:
Online A.A. Meetings
- The current list of Online A.A. meetings in Manitoba.
- Need help with online meetings? Information on how to attend, host/chair, and secure an online meeting can be found on the Online Meeting Information page.
- Find information about Online Committee Meetings below.
- Groups which have suspended or resumed in-person meetings due to changes in public health orders.
- Other meeting changes, such as attendance limits and social distancing protocols.
- Event changes.
- Treatment and detox facility changes.
The Online-Meeting List and the Find a Meeting page contain the most current meeting information. The Meeting Guide App on your iOS and Android updates automatically every 12 hours, so meeting changes will be published on the website before they are reflected on the app.
Click here to open a letter from your Area 80 MB General Service Delegate.
Please share this letter with as many members of your groups as possible. These are difficult times for us all and I wrote it in the spirit of cooperation between Area 80 and Winnipeg Intergroup Association. It is my hope that AA will continue to thrive here during and after the pandemic.
—Donny, A.A. Area 80 (Manitoba) Delegate
A.A. Meeting Changes
- Absolute A.A.
- Beausejour Brokenhead
- Brandon – Crocus Group (Friday and Tuesday). Limit of 25 people, social distancing in place, hand sanitizer available. Masks required. Please bring your own beverages.
- Brandon – Westman Women’s
- Monday 6:30 p.m. in-person meeting: limit of 25 people, social distancing in place, hand sanitizer available. Masks required. Please bring your own beverages.
- Saturday, 10:00 a.m. online meeting available.
- Brandon – Wheat City
- Brandon – Winners Circle (at John Howard). Members must bring (and wear) their own mask.
- By the Book – hybrid in-person / Online meetings available.
- Cavalier (hybrid meeting with ZOOM meetings continuing and taking place from the physical meeting)
- Centennial – members must wear masks.
- Dauphin – Primary Purpose
- Dauphin – Welcome Group – Both in-person ( Wed/Sat with social distancing and attendance limit of 9 people) and online meetings available.
- First Step – Online meetings also available.
- Fort Garry / St. Norbert
- Killarney – Thursday Night Serenity
- Lac du Bonnet – Lakeshore
- Noon Break
- North Kildonan – online meetings are no longer available. Social distancing measures in effect.
- Oakbank – in-person and online meetings available. Big Book Study, Birthday meeting, and business meeting will take place on Zoom.
- St. Vital – Online meetings also available.
- Selkirk – Remote Communities Meeting – in-person and online meetings available.
- Six Thirty-Nine – Online meetings also available.
- Souris – In-person meeting on Mondays, online meetings are no longer available.
- Stonewall – Stonewall GroupSwan River Group – online meetings are no longer available.
- Virden – New Virden Group
- Winkler – Greater Heartland meets at 1582 Pembina Ave W in Winkler, in-person and online meetings available. Social distancing and sanitization measures in effect.
- Winkler – Low German Group meets at 1582 Pembina Ave W in Winkler.
In-person meetings at the following groups are suspended until further notice. Groups which are hosting online-meetings are indicated as well.
- BOND (Bunch of Nameless Drunks) – Online meetings available.
- Brandon – Unity – Online meetings available.
- Carman – Online meetings available.
- Charleswood Camels
- Falcon Lake – Whiteshell Group
- Gimli – Online meetings available.
- Keep in Step (KIS) – Online meetings available.
- Language of the Heart – Online meetings available.
- Lakeshore Group
- Landmark Dawson Trail
- Morden Fresh Air – Online meetings available.
- Noon Break
- Portage Plains Group – Online meetings available.
- St. Pierre Jolys – Rat River Group
- Richer Recovery
- Seven Oaks
- Shilo – Just for Today
- Sioux Valley
- Southside – Online meetings available.
- Steinbach – Auto City – Online meetings available.
- St. James Assiniboia
- Please see St. Vital Group website for further information.
- Stonewall – Unity, Steps of Courage
- Transcona Discussion – Online meetings available.
- University Group – Online meetings available.
- Waywayseecapo – Thunderbird Group
- Winnipeg Beach
- Winnipeg Group: Online meetings available.
- Winnipeg Women’s
- Young and Sober – Online meetings available.
Please see the Online Meeting page for information on online groups or meetings that are available as an alternative to local meetings. Your sponsor, group members, or friends in recovery may also be able to make helpful suggestions.
Please check this page or the Find a Meeting page first for group closures.The Meeting Guide App updates automatically every 12 hours, so meeting closures may be published here before they are reflected in the app.
Treatment Facility Meetings
The following facilities have suspended meetings facilitated by outside groups:
- Health Science Centre Addictions Unit
- Martha Street Detox
- Magnus Street Detox
- Men’s AFM (Magnus Street)
- Main Street Project
- Womens AFM in Teulon
- AFM Parkwood in Brandon
- Tamarack Recovery has suspended services as of Friday, March 20th
If you are uncertain about treatment meeting closures, please check with your group’s Treatment Facilities Representative.
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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. It does not wish to engage in any controversy. It neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
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