BUSINESSES in Selkirk are offering free delivery services to the self-isolating elderly and in-firm.

In light of the coronavirus outbreak the over 70s and people with underlying health conditions are being advised to avoid gatherings.

And it is expected even stricter guidance about self-isolating will be issued in the coming days and weeks.

Several local firms have already organised shopping services for anyone worried about leaving their homes.

Taylor's Family Butcher's in the Market Place are introducing a delivery service.

Boss John Taylor told us: "At Taylor's Butchers we will be doing a free delivery service for old and new customers.

"We are also urging everyone to think about their neighbours, especially if they are elderly or can’t get out very easily.

"We will do our bit to help where ever we can."

Both Hunter's Cabs and R&L Taxis are also offering to help with shopping deliveries for the elderly in and around Selkirk.

Bruce Mercer from R&L Taxis said: "If you know someone who can’t make it out to collect their essentials we’d love to give them a helping hand."

Local hardware and furniture store Hislop's has also offered to deliver items free of charge.

Owner Scott Hislop said: "With virus isolation on the way for the elderly and vulnerable, we want to do our bit to help.

"Hislop's will deliver any items from the shop to our elderly and vulnerable customers in Selkirk for free.

"Call us up, let us know what you need and we will deliver.

"There is no minimum spend, even if it is just one light bulb or a packet of batteries, we will drop it off."