MLB, MLS, the NBA and NHL jointly announced Monday they will close locker rooms to the media in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Only players and essential team personnel will be allowed inside, for the time being.

Media interviews will be conducted outside locker rooms beginning Tuesday. Here's the press release:

"After consultation with infectious disease and public health experts, and given the issues that can be associated with close contact in pre- and post-game settings, all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential employees of teams and team facilities until further notice. Media access will be maintained in designated locations outside of the locker room and clubhouse setting. These changes will be effective beginning with tomorrow’s games and practices.

“We will continue to closely monitor this situation and take any further steps necessary to maintain a safe and welcoming environment.”

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the move is contingent on how far the virus spreads. Passan said MLB plans to play its remaining spring training schedule and start the season on time. The league could relocate regular season games, if local health authorities recommend they be cancelled.

Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league said Monday it will postpone Opening Day (March 20) because of the coronavirus, while Italy has suspended all sporting matches until at least April 3.