Sellers of The Big Issue magazine returned to streets around Australia on Monday after being sidelined for three months during the pandemic.
The previous few issues were still sold but were available only as digital downloads.
"There was just absolute glee and excitement this morning," The Big Issue chief executive officer Steven Persson told AAP on Monday.
"When I was walking the streets there were people who were chatting to our vendors at a safe distance, only taking a couple of minutes and buying the magazine, but also saying, 'Hey, how are you doing, are you OK?' "
In addition to the hi-vis vest and hat featuring the logo of the magazine, vendors are now holding magazine cases with a large flyer on the outside, which lets the public know that they have completed COVID safety training — and also that they are only accepting cashless payments.
Vendor support offices have also provided sellers with a new ID badge, hand sanitiser and a badge that says they have completed safety training.
First published in 1996, the magazine has provided an outlet for marginalised Australians to work, and has employed a range of people from disadvantaged backgrounds for 25 years.
More than 800 vendors are working around the country, the organisation's website says.
The 615th edition of the magazine will retail for $9, and features interviews with Oscar-winning director Spike Lee, Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry and Dutch historian Rutger Bregman.