THE owners of a Southampton shop have decided to close over coronavirus fears, but are going out in a blaze of glory - donating their hand sanitiser stocks to paramedics.

Nisa Local Maybush in Romsey Road will close at 8pm tomorrow until the coronavirus crisis is over.

In a heartfelt statement to customers, Jag, Kash and staff confirmed they will close their doors for the good of staff and customers after donating 10 litres of hand sanitiser to paramedics and another 10 litres to customers, while asking for donations to Hampshire Air Ambulance.

They said: "It is with a heavy but responsible heart that we will be closing until the coronavirus threat is eliminated.

"The health of our staff and customers is our primary concern and we hope we lead the way for other stores to take this difficult but responsible decision. Since taking on the store in 2006, we have never closed the door, so please trust me when we say that this has been a really difficult decision.

"We have been monitoring the escalation in cases and deaths across Italy and Spain and feel that if we and others do not take such action, we are almost certain to reach the same fate.

"We want to thank all our customers who have offered to help over the past few days, however we must kindly decline - we could not have it on our conscience if you or one of your loved ones were to get ill or worse.

"Please pop in between now and 8pm on Wednesday 1st April if you need your essentials. We will continue to work around the clock to ensure the shelves are full for you.

"We will be receiving hand santizer and will be donating 10 litres to the amazing paramedics. The other 10 litres will be available to our customers - bring a container and we will pour you 100ml. We will be taking donations for this with all money going to Hampshire Air Ambulance.

"We are sorry if we have let you down. We really tried our best. Forever grateful and wishing you and yours good health in this time."