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Coronavirus: Disabled 'Pushed Out' Of Post-Lockdown World

Wednesday 9 September 2020


From BBC News:


Melanie Duddridge
Melanie Duddridge says long queues, toilet restrictions
and a lack of disabled parking made her
anxious to leave the house.

Coronavirus: Disabled 'pushed out' of post-lockdown world

By Tyler Edwards
Journalist, BBC News
5 September 2020
Copyright © 2020 BBC News.

Disabled people are being "pushed out" of a post-lockdown world, with many anxious to leave the house, a charity has warned.

Melanie Duddridge, of Cardiff, who has fibromyalgia and Crohn's disease, said long queues and a lack of toilets made it difficult to go out.

Scope said disabled people had been "routinely forgotten" in the pandemic.

The Welsh Government said it was committed to ensuring awareness of rules and safety measures.

After shops and restaurants were allowed to reopen, as lockdown measures were eased, many of us have been getting used to a "new normal" in our daily tasks.

But Scope said queuing to get into shops, public toilet restrictions and a lack of parking due to the redesigning of towns and cities, had left many disabled people worried and confused.

About 130,000 people classed as the most vulnerable to coronavirus had been told to shield by the government at the start of the pandemic. until 16 August

But on 16 August, this advice was paused, and many have faced leaving the house and going into public spaces for the first time in recent weeks.


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