How can I be guided safely during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic?

If you live in England it is now ok to be guided by people who live outside your household. RNIB, Guide Dogs and TPT have put together sighted guiding advice for those living in England, built on the Supporting people outside their home guidance provided by the Department of Health and Social Care. The guide explains how you can be guided safely by family or friends, who live in different households. It also has information how staff and volunteers at services such as supermarkets, hospitals, and public transport can provide sighted guidance, and what additional precautions to take.

Some of the key steps for safe guiding include:

  • Both individuals wearing face coverings (unless exempt).
  • Practising good hand hygiene before, during and after guiding.
  • Limiting the time spent within two metres of each other.
  • Only making journeys and activities permitted in Government guidance. You can find out more in the Government What you can and can’t do information.
  • When being supported by volunteers or staff, the person being guided providing their name and contact number, in case coronavirus contact tracing becomes necessary.

The full guidance document produced by RNIB, Guide Dogs and TPT which contains further advice and information can be found on RNIB's Sighted guiding web page.

If you live in Scotland the Minister for Older People and Equalities has confirmed it is permissible to help anyone at risk who needs support, including guiding for people with sight loss. Guidance can be found on the website.

If you live in Wales further information can be found on the Wales Council of the Blind website.

Further information for those living in Northern Ireland can be found on RNIB's Social distancing Northern Ireland web page.

There are a series of instructional videos on the Guide Dog website covering the essentials of how to guide. 

If you need further advice or support during this time, please call RNIB on 0303 123 9999 or visit the GOV.UK coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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