A hotline has been set up to offer support to people need to self-isolate.

The London Colney Parish Council launched its Good Neighbours Hotline last week for people who need to stay indoors to protect themselves from catching the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The Government announced over the weekend that over-70s, pregnant women, those with pre-existing medical conditions and others at risk should self-isolate for 12 weeks.

Several mutual aid groups have been set up online to help the elderly and others who are unable to go out and buy what they need.

The parish council said those who need help or support can pass their details to its office and it will work with community groups to help those affected.

Council chairman cllr Katherine Gardner said: "We know there are many people in London Colney who will have to self-isolate.

"We will be working with the local churches, community groups and our police to identify and offer support to all residents who need the services of Good Neighbour."

The council said the type of support varies from collecting a prescription, delivering shopping to having a friendly chat over the phone.

There will be volunteers who will be matched with a vulnerable person living near their area and the council said deliveries will be left on the doorstep to minimise contact.

To contact the hotline, call 01727 261104 between 10am and 1pm.