Today (Monday, 12th April) Big Issue vendors in London have returned to their pitches to sell the magazine for the first time since the third national lockdown.

TBI, which offers homeless and vulnerably housed people a means by which to earn a legitimate income, had stopped selling on streets during the three national lockdowns as a safety precaution.

But amid the easing of restrictions, the organisation confirmed that 1,400 vendors will be back out selling the magazine across England and Wales.

TBI is providing extensive PPE, contactless card payments and the introduction of stringent health and safety procedures in all distribution offices to ensure safety measures are maintained.

Mike Danks, 61, who sells the magazine outside Finsbury Park tube station, said: “Just getting out of the house, getting back into a bit of work and trying to motivate myself into doing something positive.

"It’s definitely been a difficult year but I want to get back to seeing people at The Big Issue and customers.

"It will be nice to see people who I have gotten to know over the last few years. I’m hoping there won’t be another lockdown.”

Norma Jean Taylor, 64 who sells the magazine outside Waterloo Station, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing my people again and earning my daily bread.

Times Series: Norma Jean Taylor. Credit: Orlando Gili.Norma Jean Taylor. Credit: Orlando Gili.

"I want to meet my regulars to make sure they survived this mishap or whatever you want to call it.

"Some of my regulars were elderly and I worry about those who used to travel from afar - I guarantee some of them will be just working from home now because they will find that it's better to do that than go back to work. I’m looking forward to seeing other vendors and making sure they are okay as well as the customers."

Dave Martin, 59, who sells the magazine outside Tesco, Hammersmith, said: “I’m already back on my pitch, handing out cards for my art website. I have had a good welcome back.

"I know quite a lot of people and they’re really glad to see me. That’s what I’ve been missing when I’ve been on my own.

"When I get back to selling the magazine I hope I see everyone. You get a connection, you have a rapport and I hope everyone is okay with Covid going on.

"The Big Issue’s staff have welcomed me back and I like to be here. It’s a social thing. It’s not just about selling the magazine.”

Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue said: “We are full of pride and hope that, after over 22 weeks of being in lockdown, our vendors are back out there, able to reconnect with their local communities and earn a legitimate income once again.

“As ever, we wish to thank all those who have so generously supported us and our vendors during this challenging time. Every donation and subscription that has been made or taken out, has meant that we have been able to support vendors while they have been unable to sell the magazine safely on the streets."

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