New sighted guiding advice

A white woman guiding a visually impaired white man on an auditorium stage

The Government has recently confirmed that blind and partially sighted people in England can be guided from someone outside their household. This follows recent government advice from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which also confirms sighted guiding can go ahead.

If you need sighted guiding from family or friends who live in different households, the RNIB have published guidance on how this can be done safely. Read it here.

The guidance allows for support from those in the same household and support bubble, or by family and friends not in the same household/support bubble if the prior is not possible, as well as volunteers and staff of organisations, such as supermarkets, transport hubs or hospitals.

Key steps include wearing face coverings, practising good hand hygiene, limiting the time spent within two metres of each other and only making journeys and activities permitted in Government guidance. Contact details should also be provided when being supported by volunteers or staff, so contact tracing can be easily done if necessary.

Find out more via RNIB through the link below:
https://www.rnib.org.uk/news/campaigning/sighted-guiding-england-guidance

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