Government gives sighted guiding in England the go ahead

For months, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has been calling for clear confirmation on how blind and partially sighted people can be guided safely during social distancing. This gap in public health information has caused lots of uncertainty, but they’re pleased that after persistently raising this issue, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has finally issued “Supporting people outside of their home” guidance.

This follows an announcement by the Scottish Government in June, and more recently, the publication of our guidance in Northern Ireland, and guidance by Public Health Wales. This means that all parts of the UK now have confirmation, that blind and partially sighted people can be guided by someone living outside their household if necessary.

RNIB have put together guidance to help explain how to minimise the risks. Find out more.

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