How to practise social distancing with a visual impairment

Published on 13th July 2020 in General

As Leicester remains in a local lockdown, we have put together some tips for people with sight loss in the current situation. 


- Try spending some time engaging with local community support groups virtually.

- Have you looked to see if there are priority slots available, so you don’t need to go to the supermarket?

- If you enjoy reading, Amazon Books have a variety of books available which are free to download to keep you entertained. 

- During this stressful time, we recommend staying in touch with friends and family on social media, email, or telephone. You might find it useful to get in touch with our Telephone Heroes for a weekly chat. For more information, please call Rayhana, our Volunteer Development Manager on 07967 799364.

- Going to the supermarket? If you have a cane, we recommend you keep it visible so that people are aware that you have a visual impairment. We also suggest using the touch technique if you are using a long cane. This will help you to detect changes in floor texture and recognise the social distancing measures that supermarkets have put in place. 

- If you have a cane, make sure you disinfect it regularly. 

- Did you know British Blind Sport put on regular activities to help you to keep fit and active?

- If you are feeling isolated and would like to connect with someone in a similar situation, take a look at Vista’s hub at This is a user-led forum and is a safe online space for you to connect with other people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who are affected by sight loss.

- Have you considered asking for help from neighbours? They might be able to pick up any medicine or food shopping that you need.


- Get frustrated with others who might not understand how your visual impairment affects you.

Vista is here for you. If you need support during this difficult time, please get in touch with us on 0116 249 8839

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