Galano & Coronavirus
This page will provide updates on the novel coronavirus and its impact on the clubhouse. Please visit this page for all the latest updates.
A Message from the Galano Board – May 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Dear Galano Supporting Members and Meeting-goers,
The safety of our meeting-goers continues to be paramount at The Galano Club. We are focused on a careful and deliberate reopening strategy so we can be ready to make decisions as public health conditions change.
While other clubs have remained open, we continue to remain closed. Many have asked why. The simple answer is safety. Other clubs have full-time on-site management to enforce the safety measures required to be open, but Galano is run solely by volunteers. Until some of those required safety measures are relaxed, we will remain closed.
To assist the board, we have convened a task force made up of six meeting-goers dedicated to defining our reopening strategy. The task force includes two CDC employees, one Piedmont Healthcare employee, an attorney, and two Galano Club board members. They are currently working on a plan for a phased reopening.
Once that plan is finalized, we will share it with group representatives. The group representatives will then bring it to their respective group consciences for discussion and a vote. Once a group agrees to the Galano Reopening Plan, we will begin scheduling in-person meetings as soon as we are permitted to do so.
While we had hoped to return to in-person meetings by the end of May, current conditions necessitate we remain closed. An exact reopening date cannot be estimated given our reopening protocols are based on public health data that is still emerging within metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
Our next communication will be on or around June 15th, when we hope to begin implementing a phased reopening strategy. Until then, we are continuing to formulate new policies and procedures that will allow individuals and groups to consider physical meetings in a newly transformed and restricted environment.
For those who are not Supporting Members, please add your name to our mailing list at Galano.org for future updates.
The Galano Board of Directors
A Message from the Galano Board – April 2020
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Supporting Members, Guests & Friends,
The Galano Club is firmly committed to helping protect the health and safety of our supporting members and all the people who attend meetings in our building.
We are closely monitoring the changing situation and are in the process of setting metrics to guide our decision to re-open the building using federal, state, and local guidelines. Please watch this page for future updates.
The Galano Board of Directors
Monday, March 16, 2020
With the clubhouse’s closure, many groups have started virtual meetings.
Galano is Temporary Closed
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Dear Galano Community,
As the landlord providing a safe, welcoming space to numerous 12-Step recovery groups, the Board of Directors has come to the decision that it is the right thing for Galano to temporarily close its entire property (building and parking lot) to all in-person activities and events until further notice, effective immediately. During this time, key fobs will not provide access to the building.
We do not take this decision lightly. The last thing we want to do is endanger meeting attendees and any at-risk people they may interact with. We have looked at the advice of the CDC for community and faith-based organizations and are mindful of faith-based communities around Atlanta that have also decided to temporarily close in light of this public health emergency.
Galano will not be providing online platforms for virtual 12-Step meetings. That is the responsibility of individual groups and their Trusted Servants. There are numerous free online resources which can help set up a virtual meeting. To begin, it is suggested that the group conscience designate a service position to start the account, organize the distribution of the information (dial in number and code), and then host the online meeting.
It may help if the person attends one of the many existing online groups that can be found at the Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous to get a feel for how phone meetings are run. They also have this resource with pamphlets and information.
The best resource page we have found comes from the Washington, DC Intergroup Association.
The Board will closely follow events as they unfold over the next few weeks and will re-open the Galano property as soon as it is safe to do so. This page will have the most up-to-date information regarding the re-opening of the property.
Stay Safe and with our Best Regards,