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

If you need to go out for a walk or to access goods, there isn't an issue for you to be guided by a member of your household. There are a series of instructional videos on the Guide Dog website covering the essentials of how to guide, that members of your household may find helpful. 

If you do not have anyone within your household or support bubble to guide you, the government guidance is to maintain a 2 metre (1 metre where you can mitigate risk) distance, so guiding should be avoided where possible. Due to the introduction of local restrictions different rules may apply to your area, further information can be found on the GOV.UK local restrictions web pages.

We acknowledge this is difficult as not everyone can form a support bubble, you may also be in a local lock down where social distancing rules are different, but it is important that government guidance is adhered to during this time. RNIB will work with the government on developing further guidance and alternatives.

If you live in Wales, any two households can now join together to form an extended household. Full details can be found on the gov.wales website.

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 gov.scot website.

Further information for those living in Northern Ireland can be found on the Northern Ireland Department of Health website.

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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