While we are working behind the scenes to reopen our clinics in the safest way possible, we have also worked out a way to see you sooner AND contribute to social justice causes we care about – Curbside Acupuncture! We have had three successful outdoor clinics thus far, and are planning on adding a few more Saturdays at the Laurel/Diamond parking lot until we reopen.
How it works: From 10 am to 2 pm we set up shade structures and chairs in the parking lot and give you acupuncture on a drop-in basis and by donation. We can also come to your car and needle you there. We have protocols in place to keep everyone as safe as possible and can only treat people if they are wearing masks. There is no indoor access so please use the bathroom before you arrive and bring your own water. All donations collected go directly to a local BIPOC-led organization.
With heavy hearts we have made the decision to temporarily close our clinics beginning Tuesday, March 17th. We don’t take this decision lightly. We are closing because we take our mission to promote community health seriously. Evidence regarding COVID-19 shows that the best way to ensure that this epidemic threatens as few in our area as possible is to limit its spread through physical-distancing. As you all know, we are typically open 7 days a week. This is the only time we have closed our clinics for this long in over 12 years of operation. But, playing a role in helping to “flatten the curve” of COVID19/coronavirus is paramount at this time.
To be clear, we are not aware of any confirmed case of COVID19/coronavirus in our staff or patient community. We are doing this as a precaution and to follow public health advice to limit gatherings of people. We hope that our closing will be part of the momentum of people staying home to prevent a severe outbreak. If ours and others’ measures to encourage physical distancing are successful, we may never see COVID19 become as widespread and destructive as it is in other places.
In two weeks, we hope to be open, but we will be evaluating and assessing this situation as it continues. We thank you in advance for your support and patience, and look forward to seeing you when we open our doors again soon.
If you would like to support the clinic through this tough time, consider buying one of our pre-paid Easy Cards. For the next two weeks we will be selling these at the discount price of $65 for a 5 treatment card or $125 for a 10 treatment card. You can purchase these either through our paypal account or by mailing your check to:
Oakland Acupuncture Project
440 Santa Clara Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
Your purchases of pre-paid treatment packages are going directly to keeping our expenses covered so that we can return to normal clinic operations as soon as possible once we re-open our doors.
We hope that you all will stay connected to your communities and support networks in whatever ways you can, from a distance, and that you will reach out to local resources if you need support.
People’s Co-op of Community Acupuncture conference in the Marin Headlands
POCA Fest is coming up the weekend of Sept. 27-29 in Marin Headlands. This annual gathering of community acupuncturists is an opportunity for punks, patients, students, and their families to connect with friends and colleagues around the country, learn new skills, swap stories and have a really good time. The whole OAP and SAP family is going! Learn about and register for the upcoming event on the POCA website: www.pocacoop.com.