This week up to 1,400 Big Issue vendors across England and Wales returned eagerly to their pitches to sell the magazine for the first time since the third national lockdown.
Lord Bird, founder of The Big Issue (TBI) marked the return of the vendors being able to sell by meeting with four London-Based vendors at St Martins in the Fields on Trafalgar Square, where the first-ever edition of the magazine was officially launched nearly 30 years ago.
TBI, which offers homeless and vulnerably housed people a means by which to earn a legitimate income, has taken the decision over the past three national lockdowns to safeguard its network of vendors and the public by asking that they stop selling on streets across the whole of the UK.
Following announcements by the government regarding the easing of restrictions, the organisation confirmed that magazine vendors will be back out selling the magazine for the first time in over 22 weeks since lockdown.
TBI has taken measures including the provision of extensive PPE, contactless card payment equipment and the introduction of stringent health and safety procedures in all distribution offices to ensure vendors’ and customers safety remains paramount.