Suggestions from WNC NA AREA.
If questions or concerns, please attend the next ASC meeting on Zoom 7/18/20. At 10 am the link is on this website.
According to nc.gov FAQ section of phase 2 and 3 reopenings:
What is the new mass gathering limit?
In Phase 2, gatherings of more than 10 people in a single indoor space remains prohibited. In outdoor spaces, gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. These mass gathering limits include parades, fairs, festivals, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, and meeting halls.
The mass gathering limit does not apply to retail businesses, restaurants, personal care and grooming businesses, pools, child care, day camps, and overnight camps. In these settings, there are other restrictions, such as 50% reduced occupancy or putting 6 feet of distance between each group at a restaurant, to ensure that there is not
The prohibition on mass gatherings does not include gatherings for health and safety, to look for and obtain goods and services, for work or for receiving governmental services. A mass gathering does not include normal operations at airports, bus and train stations or stops, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls, and shopping centers. It also does
not apply to the exercise of First Amendment rights. However, in these settings, people are strongly encouraged to follow the Three Ws and should avoid congregating in groups.
Are houses of worship allowed to hold services in Phase 2?
The mass gathering limit and other requirements of this Executive Order do not apply to worship, religious and spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies and other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Three Ws to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.
WNC ASC Group discussions and group conscious of ASC service members and attending GSRS of the past ASC meetings have resulted in tremendous concern regarding the fourth tradition- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.
The arguments present in ASC is that in-person meetings and activities meeting under the Narcotics Anonymous name are not following government or meeting place guidelines, resulting in damage to
Narcotics Anonymous as a whole, potentially losing meeting spaces and damaging the reputation of NA. “Autonomy allows us to express who we are with integrity and to carry a message”, “ We balance autonomy with responsibility when we keep our purpose in focus, our autonomy makes more sense.” (Guiding Principles, p. 62). “Freedom and responsibility work hand in hand. Our groups have autonomy but are asked to attend carefully to the ways that our actions may ‘affect other groups or NA as a whole’- Which is to say, our local community, the rest of the NA fellowship, and our relationship with those outside NA.” “Autonomy is part of a larger whole- just as we see our groups, our service bodies, and ourselves as part of something greater. This tradition both offers freedom and establishes
boundaries for us in ways specific rules or policies never could. “(Guiding Principles, Pg. 65)
Meeting in-person can be the homegroup and meeting space decision, however only with following
responsible actions to protect our members and the community as a whole. When members and homegroups are not being responsible, such as not communicating and following meeting space guidelines or government guidelines this does affect NA as a whole. These guidelines are created to
protect society. As recovering addicts and members of NA, we are responsible, productive members of society. This includes trying to protect our health and the health of our society.
Suggestions for In-person meetings from ASC:
Social distancing (members sitting 6 feet or more)
No hugging when handing out key tags
No circling up after the meeting.
Wearing masks. ** Masks are available for donation. Please
Contact IT committee. Their information is on our wncna.org
It is the homegroup, and homegroup members responsibility
to hold all members attending accountable, such as handing
out masks, clearly stating guidelines in format, and address
members who are unwilling to adhere to these guidelines.
(similar to calling members out for cross talking etc.)
If any concerns or questions, please attend the next ASC meeting.
Thank you for allowing us to serve.
- ASC officers.