Concern outside hospitality causing problems for blind or partially sighted people

People have been making the most of being able to go out to bars and restaurants this week with the easing of Covid restrictions. 

As yet hospitality outlets can only serve food and drink outdoors, which has meant a lot of new outdoor furniture on our streets.

After we broadcast these pictures of Newcastle's Grey Street on Monday, we were contacted by people with concerns about accessibility for those who are blind and partially sighted.

Mary Hewison from Sunderland is registered blind. For her, the changing streetscape as we unlock after Covid poses such a challenge that she almost preferred lockdown...

According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People, there are simple steps councils and business owners can take to help make life easier.

Pavement cafes aren't the only new obstacle that can pose a problem for Mary .. although the public are often willing to lend a hand.

Watching Mary navigate her way around these crowded streets is nothing short of impressive. But the danger is, that as life returns to something approaching normal for many, for some, it could actually get harder.