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Visual Impairment: Social Distancing

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 78840, tabled on 22 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support people living with eye conditions to access (a) essential items, (b) outdoor spaces and (c) shops while social distancing.

Answered on

1 September 2020

The Covid-19 Secure: Safer Public Places - Urban Centres and Green Spaces guidance provides owners and operators with a framework to support social distancing in public places. This guidance reminds owners and operators of public spaces to consider the particular needs of those with protected characteristics such as visually impaired blind and partially sighted people. This is in addition to employers’ existing responsibilities under employment and equalities legislation.

Businesses and operators of the public realm, therefore, need to bear in mind the particular needs of different groups or individuals and make sure that the steps they take to address the risk of Covid-19 do not have a disproportionate impact on some groups.

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