PEOPLE who support others in their community during the coronavirus crisis should not take selfies while helping vulnerable people, the council has said.

Bolton Council has issued advice for members of the public who are helping those who cannot leave their houses while lockdown measures are in place.

The local authority is encouraging people to be considerate to neighbours but observe social distancing measures.

A council spokesman said: “If you are helping others because they can’t go out please follow the government advice about to protect them and yourself.

“It’s a great thing that you’re doing but please don’t be tempted to take selfies or other photos.

“As well as keeping your distance, we also need to keep our vulnerable residents safe from people who might exploit them if they are identified on social media for example.”

Food packages are being delivered to those extremely vulnerable people who have been asked to stay indoors for 12 weeks who have no other means of support.

This support for people who are shielding is available through the council’s Response Hub, which has been set up by the council and other partners.

Anyone who is struggling because they need to stay at home and have no family or friends to support them, with shopping or other help, can call the council on the emergency contact number which is 01204 337221.