Transcript for American entertainment industry shutting down
canceled, the NBA suspending its and that news tonight from Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, in isolation after both tested positive. And they described their symptoms. Here's ABC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the American entertainment industry shutting down. The cascade of announcements coming fast in recent hours. Punctuated by disneyland's statement that it will close what is perhaps the icon of American entertainment until the end of the month. And for the first time in all of their histories, the NBA, major league baseball, soccer and the NHL suspending their seasons. And the NCAA suspending its hugely popular tournament. If it happens, March Madness will not happen in March. And the coronavirus striking the heart of the NBA. The season suspended after two Utah jazz players, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the virus. Earlier this week, Gobert, trying for a lighthearted moment in a dark time, touching tape recorders and microphones at a news conference. And then, moments before tipoff Wednesday, with fans already in the arena, the NBA sending everybody home after discovering Gobert tested positive. The game tonight has been postponed. You are all safe. Take your time with leaving the arena tonight. Reporter: The jazz, now in self-quarantine, as are all the players in the five teams they recently played against. Gobert apologizing, writing, "At the time, I didn't know I was infected." And arguably Hollywood's most relatable star, Tom Hanks revealing he too contracted the virus. The Oscar winner, who has diabetes, posting this picture to Instagram from Australia, saying, "We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches." Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, who is a breast cancer survivor, also testing positive for the virus, days after performing in front of a sold out court in Brisbane. The star of "Castaway" and "Saving private Ryan" revealing that they wanted toll play things right and get tested. The closure of disneyland the direct effect of an executive order issued by California's governor. We do have in this executive order the ability to commandeer existing private sector assets, including hotels and motels. Reporter: Three empty hotels already taken over. More havbeen earmarked. This comes as California still grappling with the last few hundred passengers aboard that stricken cruise ship. This is the second outbreak aboard a princess cruise, compelling the cruise line to cancel all cruises for 60 days. Viking cruises following suit. All right, so, let's bring in Matt Gutman. And Matt, these actions, closing down sporting events, now disneyland and as you said, all of this is unprecedented, but authorities realizing across this country that they need to do this to try to slow this down. Reporter: They do, David, and they don't really have another choice. This is part of government pandemic planning. Now, I spoke with public health officials just a few minutes ago, and they basically say short of a vaccine and therapeutics, the only tool they have to try to contain this outbreak is to severely limit our social interaction.
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