Latest Covid-19 news

Calling out inaccessible Covid-19 information
6 April 2020
We’ve been challenging organisations to make sure their information relating to Covid-19 is accessible for all, and already we’ve seen some positive changes.

RNIB calls for better supermarket access during pandemic
2 April 2020
Thousands sign petition asking Government and supermarkets to work together to give blind and partially sighted people access to priority delivery slots. 

The Prime Minister's letter to the nation on coronavirus
30 March 2020
We have reproduced the letter as an accessible Word document for anyone to download, and in full on our page about the Prime Minister's letter.

Essential shopping tips and supermarket updates: key links and information
30 March 2020
Key information and links about supermarket opening hours and deliveries.

Advice factsheet for people who are waiting for cataract surgery
30 March 2020
Delays in routine surgery due to the current situation with coronavirus could mean that if you are waiting for cataract surgery, your wait will be extended. While this is unavoidable, the following information may help you to cope while you wait. 

What to do if you are worried about your vision during the Covid-19 pandemic
30 March 2020
If you have vision symptoms that you are worried about, our advice may help you.

RNIB NI urges public bodies to ensure important information is accessible for blind and partially sighted people
30 March 2020
RNIB NI has published a guide to help.

Temporary hardcopy braille and giant print lending library service suspension
27 March 2020
RNIB has had to suspend its hardcopy braille and giant print lending library service. 

Working to ensure vital information about public health is accessible 
25 March 2020
How RNIB is supporting the NHS, Government and businesses with accessible communications. 

Eye Clinic Support Service in Scotland: update
25 March 2020
ECLOs are working from home and continuing to deliver our service.

How we are helping parents of children and young people with vision impairment
25 March 2020
The combined impact of school closures, social distancing and self-isolation presents unique challenges to our community and we're doing all we can to help the parents of children and young people with vision impairment.

Essential sight advice FAQs - from shopping to eye health and key sources of help
25 March 2020
Key information to help blind and partially sighted people follow Government guidance and get support.

RNIB schools and colleges update
24 March 2020
Sunshine House School is currently closed until further notice; RNIB Three Spires Academy and RNIB Loughborough College are open at limited capacity.

Coronavirus: Four ways you can help people with sight loss
23 March 2020
If you're interested in giving a helping hand to people with sight loss during the Covid-19 pandemic, read our tips.

Coronavirus: Five ways to look after your mental health
23 March 2020
As many go into self-isolation, we have listed our five top tips for maintaining your physical and mental health.

Video message from David Clarke, RNIB Director of Services
21 March 2020
Our eye clinic staff are working hard to continue to be there for blind and partially sighted people, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

Video message from Matt Stringer, RNIB Chief Executive
20 March 2020
Our Chief Executive explains how blind and partially sighted people can access support and services we offer during this challenging time.

Covid-19: Five ways RNIB services can help
19 March 2020
Our teams are working hard and we aim to increase our support for blind and partially sighted people over the coming weeks.

RNIB Products for Life stores closure
19 March 2020
We have closed our Products for Life stores in response to Covid-19, but you can still order items from our Online Shop.

Suspension of disability benefit assessments
17 March 2020
Face-to-face assessments for disability benefits have been suspended for three months in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. This will apply to claimants of Personal Independence Payment, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, and also recipients of Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Coronavirus update
17 March 2020
RNIB is putting the welfare of its customers, volunteers and employees first and is following the UK Government’s advice with regard to Covid-19. We have suspended most face-to-face activities, including groups and events, until further notice. In the meantime, we will offer telephone and online alternatives where possible.

Challenge events and coronavirus update
16 March 2020
We are sorry to confirm that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have to postpone or cancel some of our challenge events.

RNIB comments on decision to delay mass events
13 March 2020
Head of Public Fundraising at RNIB, Alex McDowell responds to announcements that mass fundraising events will be postponed.

RNIB comments on decision to delay London Marathon
13 March 2020
Head of Public Fundraising at RNIB, Alex McDowell responds to an announcement that the Virgin Money London Marathon will be postponed until 4 October 2020.