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DISTRICT MEETING LISTS ARE UP TO DATE - WEBSITE RECONSTRUCTION COMPLETE - MORE INFO AREA LOG

Al-Anon Maritimes

New Brunswick - Nova Scotia - Prince Edward Island

COVID-19 Advisory

Affected Groups and Meetings in the Maritime Provinces

Email your meeting information/updates to Area 91 and AIS Halifax/Dartmouth and we will update the list.

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Greeting Fellow Al-Anon Members and Newcomers,                                                       October 16, 2021


Proof of Vaccination has been asked about for attending Al-Anon meetings. This is specific to the Province you are attending meetings in. It may also depend on the facility the meeting is held in.


Nova Scotia - Proof of Vaccination is not required to attend mental health or addictions programs, services or support groups. This includes Al-Anon/Alateen and other 12 Step programs. Other public health measures such as physical distancing and wearing masks still apply. 


Prince Edward Island - Proof of vaccination is not required to attend mental health or addictions programs, services or support groups. This is an essential service so this would not require proof of vaccination, but public health measures such as physical distancing and masks would be required. 


New Brunswick - Proof of Vaccination is required for all indoor gatherings, no matter what the type of gathering is.


Even if the your Province does not require Proof of Vaccination, some facilities do. If a facility requires Proof of Vaccination to attend an event or meetings in their facility, then it will be required to attend meetings/events in that facility, along with other public health measures the facility requires. Please check with your facility.


Specific meetings that require Proof of Vaccination, will have that noted on the Meeting listing in the Area Map-Find a Meeting District Meeting lists.   


Stay safe and well, Area Chair, Mickie

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Greetings Fellow Al-Anon Members and Newcomers,                                                  September 20, 2021


It has been some time since I have provided an update. We have been through so much at this point: several lockdowns, and reopenings, a variety of restrictions in all three provinces, not necessarily at the same time.


Many of us have been fortunate to have received vaccinations by now, and are feeling a bit more comfortable as all three provinces proceed into Stage 5 of their reopening plans.


Even though many restrictions are being lifted, many of the things we were advised to do to remain safe still hold true:

1. Avoiding close contact with other people – stay about 2 metres (6 feet) apart (social distancing)

2. Wear a face mask when in proximity of other people outside your bubble

3. Avoid crowds and limit gatherings (check your provincial restrictions for the maximum number of people allowed at any gathering)

4. Greeting one another with a wave instead of a handshake, hug, or kiss

5. Staying home if you're sick, especially if you have a fever or a new cough

6. Wash or sanitize hands often. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and objects often.

7. Use cough and sneeze etiquette (into a tissue or your elbow, not your hand) and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Any member or newcomer attending a meeting is free to continue any or all of these precautions to keep themselves, other members, and their families safe, even if their province has said they are no longer necessary.


Many facilities Al-Anon/Alateen meet in will request people continue these precautions when in their facility.


At this time, 50 of our 96 meetings in the Maritime Area have reopened to face to face meetings, 10 of those are Hybrid (meaning in person with Fongo or Zoom). 15 meetings are still not meeting at all, and the remainder are meeting via virtual means (mostly FONGO Conference Call and ZOOM).


The Affected Group List (above) is kept updated and members are reminded to advise of any changes to their meetings so that members and newcomers are able to find a meeting when they need it.


Stay safe and well, Area Chair, Mickie

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Greetings Fellow Al-Anon Members and Newcomers,                                               August 18, 2020


Many more groups have reopened, or are having Hybrid meetings, which is an in-person meeting with a virtual component, while others have chosen to remain virtual or closed. The uncertainty around COVID-19, along with the restrictions in place by federal, provincial, municipal, health authorities, and facilities groups meet in have made reopening difficult for some. Groups must be able to social distance while meeting and some just do not have the space to do that. The additional cleaning, not sharing of materials, and wearing of masks made the choice to remain virtual or closed more attractive than opening. Members are also taking their own health situations into consideration when thinking about meeting face-to-face again. Check the group listings as there are several around the Maritimes that are open.

 

For newcomers, many groups have found ways to welcome you, whether they are meeting in person or virtual. Many groups are holding newcomer meetings to acquaint you with Al-Anon and give you an opportunity to ask questions. If you are looking for a meeting nearby, check the listings. If there is not one close to you, feel free to try one of the many FONGO conference call meetings, no matter the location. If you prefer to meet by Zoom, there are groups that, after contacting us, will add you to their email list to receive the invitation every week.

 

The website meeting cards and spreadsheets for closed and replacement groups have been updated for what we know groups are doing today. If members see something that needs to be updated, please let us know at the two email addresses above, and we will reflect those changes as soon as possible.

 

While many of us would prefer things return to the way they were before the pandemic, the reality is that things may never be that way again. We will always have to remain vigilant about protecting ourselves and those we care about around us from COVID-19. Thus the measures we have been mandated to adopt are for everyone's benefit. We will learn how to be comfortable with this in time as the pandemic becom​es endemic. 

 

Stay safe and well, Area Chair, Mickie