The historic Grand Brighton Hotel will close its doors on Monday "to help prevent the spread of coronavirus".

Instead, the luxury seafront rooms at the Victorian hotel will be offered to"heroic" NHS staff, the establishment's general manager said.

It follows a similar show of solidarity from former Manchester Unitedfootballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, who gave healthcare workers free access to the 176 beds in their hotels.

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In a statement on the hotel's website published on Monday, general manager Andrew Mosley said: "In the interest of safety and to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, we will be closing our doors today until further notice.

"During this time, we are delighted to be able to offer our seafront balconyrooms and room service exclusively to NHS staff only, at a cost to us.

"We are proud to be playing a part in offering support to our precious NHS and the heroic people within it.

"We are also able to share that we are committing to pay all of our teammembers their full contracted wages during this period of uncertainty,indefinitely."