May 18 marked a significant day for sobriety support groups in Minnesota as Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order transitioned to Phase I of Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan. Minnesotans in groups of 10 people or less are permitted to gather again for sobriety support meetings in Phase I and in Phase II. The Minnesota Department of Health asks individuals to remain mindful of social distancing practices and strongly recommends wearing face coverings during any meetings. Additional recommendations can be found in MDHs Guidance for Faith-Based Communities.
COVID-19 has affected many individuals who usually met in groups to receive help with sobriety. Although some restrictions are no longer in place, sobriety support groups are still encouraged by the state to provide virtual meetings for members unable to meet in person during this time. Please refer to the resources listed below for guidance on ways you or a loved one can access remote sobriety help:
Worldwide online AA meetings database