Asking MPs to press for improvements in the accessibility of social distancing measures

Post date: 
Monday, 1 June 2020
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We sent the results of our research into the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on blind and partially sighted people to MPs to ask them to help us persuade the Government to act on our recommendations.

Two thirds of blind and partially sighted people told us they felt less independent since lockdown began, and as a result we think it’s essential the Government explains to businesses how to create alternatives to visual markers to enforce social distancing. Also, we are calling for public health messaging specifically for blind and partially sighted people and clarification of the rules around guiding, so people can retain their independence as lockdown eases. Read the rest of the research and our other recommendations.  

How MPs are helping promote the campaign

MPs have been sharing our film to raise awareness among their constituents of the challenges experienced by blind and partially sighted people.  

They’ve also been placing formal questions for the Government – called  Parliamentary Questions - asking how ministers intend to take our recommendations forward.

And some MPs are writing to Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, to encourage him to make sure accessibility for blind and partially sighted people is covered in plans to ease lockdown restrictions.

We’re lucky enough to have good relationships in Parliament, with one hundred and eleven MPs signed up as RNIB Champions, who’ve specifically agreed to support our work.

Next steps

We know social distancing is a huge challenge – if not impossible - for many blind and partially sighted people so we anticipate this will be a big area of work for us as long as social distancing measures are in place.

We’re continuing to promote the research where we can to raise public awareness of the issues people are experiencing and the story was covered on ITV News last week . 

You can help raise awareness by sharing our film on this issue  on any social media channels you have.