How do I practice social distancing?

In order to protect the NHS and save lives it is vital that we follow government guidelines on social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (Covid-19).

The government guidance in England is to maintain a 2 metre or 1 metre (when you can mitigate the risk) distance. 

If you are unable to gauge whether you are maintaining the recommended distance from someone outside of your home environment, you may want to implement the following suggestions:

  • Make regular announcements letting others know of your proximity and that you are unaware of theirs
  • Use your symbol cane when out and about so others are aware that you have sight loss
  • Ensure to carefully wash/sanitise your hands before leaving your home and as soon as you return for 20 seconds to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to a minimum
  • Avoid touching your face or touching anyone in your household and if you need to touch surfaces, ensure that you wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

If you are concerned about going out because of social distancing you can download a 'Please give me space' social distancing card or badge from gov.UK. The badge is designed to notify those around you that you may have difficulties maintaining social distancing. The badge/card is printed with 'Please give me space. Be kind. Thank you for understanding.' and is available in yellow type on a black background or black type on a white background.

RNIB are also running a campaign on Social Distancing, further information can be found on RNIB's Coming out of lockdown together web page.

If you live in Northern Ireland, RNIB and Guide Dogs have jointly produced further guidance on social distancing for NI which can be found on RNIB's website

Further details about social distancing from the government, can be found on the coronavirus web page, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For information on guiding see How can I be guided safely during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic?

If you need further advice or support during this time, please call RNIB on 0303 123 9999.

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