“Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” are suspending filming in front of live studio audiences to prevent spreading of the novel coronavirus, according to the Washington Post.

The longtime game shows announced the change Monday evening. The shows are filmed in Culver City, California — the state with the third-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The producers’ decision will help protect audience members and the shows’ hosts and announcers. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, announcer Johnny Gilbert and “Wheel of Fortune’’ hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White are all older than 60, putting them at greater risk, according to the CDC.

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Last year on “Wheel of Fortune,” White stepped in for Sajak, who had an emergency surgery for a blocked intestine, the Deseret News reported. And several months before that, Trebek, 79, announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Through treatment, Trebek has continued hosting “Jeopardy!” But the chemotherapy can compromise his immune system, according to the Washington Post. Trebek recently told fans he hopes to be celebrating a two-year survival milestone in 2021, the Deseret News reported.

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“Jeopardy!” has also canceled the March in-person auditions taking place in Portland, Oregon, according to a “Jeopardy!” fan page on Facebook. The auditions will be rescheduled for a later date.

Producers for “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” haven’t specified how long the shows will be filmed without live audiences. But the recent announcement marks just one of many changes in the entertainment industry.

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected the worldwide release of Mulan, which hits theaters March 27. Since January,  70,000 theaters have closed in China, according to the Deseret News. The James Bond film “No Time to Die” has been delayed, the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas has been canceled, and musicians like Pearl Jam, Madonna and Green Day have postponed or canceled tours.