RNIB: Top Tips Easing of lockdown: Advice for people with sight loss
Here are just a few tips to help you feel confident in adjusting to the ‘new normal’.
Before returning to your favourite shopping centre or restaurant, why not check out what changes they’ve made so you have some idea of what to expect? You can either find this information online, or just give them a call.
Try and equip yourself with anything that will make your outing easier. For instance, if you’re concerned about finding hand sanitiser as you enter shops, why not take your own bottle? And if you’re not usually a cane or guide dog user but would like people to be aware that you might struggle to see them, consider getting a symbol cane or other visual indicator.
Be aware of changes to the environment
From store layouts and queueing systems to streets and public transport, there have been significant changes to our environments. All of this is to help us stay safe, but it’s important that you bear in mind that places you’re usually familiar with might be very different.
Give yourself time
Due to the changes in our environments, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to get used to the new surroundings and protocols. You may even feel more comfortable if you plan to go out with someone else for your first few outings.
Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance
Whether it’s finding hand sanitiser or completing a track and trace form, we’re all having to get used to the ‘new normal’, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.
Stay safe and stay comfortable
Government guidance now includes wearing a face mask in shops, as well as public transport, and some people are worried it might obscure their visual field or glasses. Why not try a few different masks in the safety of your home to find one that best suits you.