Doctors are asking TN governor for a statewide shelter-in-place

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More than 600 “concerned” physicians pen a letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to recommend a statewide shelter-in-place.

Doctors and government workers across Tennessee want the state to declare a shelter-in-place for 14 days, which would start tonight.

A state of emergency exists in several parts of the area, that includes Memphis and Shelby County, which means you can’t dine inside restaurants and bars and gyms are closed.

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But hundreds in Tennessee hope to take that a step farther.

This weekend, several mayors and county executives wrote a letter to Gov. Lee to ask him to consider a recommendation by medical professionals for a statewide shelter-in-place.

So far across the country, California, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Oregon, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have shelter-in-place orders.

The Tennessee request urges a 14-day order.

But again, the governor has not made any announcements to say he’ll enforce this, as of now, the letters are simply recommendations from some government and medical workers.

FOX13 reached out to Governor Bill Lee’s office to see if he will consider that shelter-in-place order.

But we haven’t heard back.

We also reached out to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris for their thoughts on this.

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear back.