Updates to TOPS Meeting Ban and Headquarters Operations

(Updated May 26, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Central time)

TOPS President Updates When and How Meetings Will Resume

Dear TOPS Friends,

For the safety and protection of our members, a meeting ban in compliance with national, state and provincial guidelines was put in place on March 16 all across TOPS Nation. TOPS chapter meetings (and weigh-ins), KOPS Society meetings and other TOPS-sanctioned events were included in the ban.

Both US and Canadian governments have issued guidelines regarding when we can start returning to normal. Governors in each state and Premieres of each province will set target dates on how to re-open for various levels. Your Coordinator will inform you of the date government officials in your area will permit chapter meetings and other TOPS events. Even if your state/province/county/municipality has re-opened, the actual building where you meet may not allow public gatherings or may limit the number of people who can meet. Therefore, there is no absolute date when all TOPS chapter meetings and events may resume. 

As always, your questions and concerns are important to us, and we will continue to provide answers as they become available. Your Coordinator is your best source for area-specific information. All decisions are being made in the best interest of our members and our great organization.

We will continue to update you as events unfold.

Sincerely TOPS,

Please carefully review the information below for additional details regarding these updates and other relevant information.

TOPS Headquarters Announces Increased Staffing and Expanded Hours of Operation

Effective May 26, 2020, when a Milwaukee-area health order expires, most TOPS Headquarters staff will return to work. For the next several weeks, Headquarters will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thank you for your patience during the shutdown and continued understanding as operations resume.

Please note, due to the shutdown, the July/August issue of TOPS News will not be in the mail until mid-July.

As always, your local Field Staff are available to answer questions and provide basic chapter supplies and support during this time. For Field Staff contact information, click Find a Meeting and enter your ZIP or postal code.

Guidelines for Member Health and Safety

(Updated May 26, 2020, at 8:15 a.m. Central time)

TOPS members are always encouraged to act in their own best interest!

The support and accountability of the scale are key components of the TOPS program, so members are encouraged – under normal circumstances – to attend weekly. Chapters – under normal circumstances – are encouraged not to cancel meetings unless absolutely necessary.

Clearly, these are not normal circumstances. TOPS has guidelines for member health and safety that apply in any emergency or natural disaster.

Here are some good reasons to stay safer at home any time:

  • If you believe that your safety and well being (or that of others) would be jeopardized, stay home. 
  • If your licensed healthcare professional has advised you to stay home or to avoid traveling or gatherings, stay home. 
  • If you are sick, stay home.  
  • If there’s severe weather or hazardous travel, stay home.  
  • If your meeting place is closed, cancel your meeting.  
  • TOPS chapters and members always must comply with any legal order or curfew imposed by governing authorities!

Frequently Asked Questions

What if our meeting place is closed after the ban on TOPS meetings ends?

Chapters whose meeting place remains closed shall cancel meetings there until the meeting place is available again. As always, chapter Weight Recorder(s) are to mark NM for “no meeting” on weight charts for those dates. Members can read more about canceling meetings after signing in to our website. Please contact your Coordinator if you have questions.

How do I renew my membership so I don't miss my TOPS News?

(Updated August 18, 2020) Members whose renewals are due on or before March 31, 2021, may renew their memberships online during this time or mail in their renewal with a personal check. Once chapter meetings resume in your area, the rule that memberships must be paid with a chapter check (or renewed by member online) will be reinstated.  

May I switch to online meetings amid COVID-19 concerns?

No. Our Virtual Chapter meetings are not capable of accommodating that many additional users. Please note that there is now a moratorium on members of in-person chapters switching to online meetings.

For additional support, please follow our Facebook page and/or sign up for our email newsletters with wellness tips and pertinent resources. In the meantime, we recommend that you weigh yourself regularly at home to stay accountable and keep in touch with fellow members via mail, phone, email or social media.

What about KOPS members who were out of leeway at their last weigh-in?

Any KOPS member who was out of leeway at their last chapter weigh-in prior to the meeting ban (in effect Monday, March 16, through Sunday, May 3) must register a weight within leeway at the first available meeting after the ban is lifted to maintain status. Those who are not weighed at the first available meeting lose status as do those KOPS previously out of leeway who are absent for the meeting. This policy does not apply to all KOPS: only those out of leeway at their last official weigh-in.

Please note that all KOPS Rules (found in TOPS Rules 15-31) are still in effect.