Gov. Lee encouraging Tennessee tourism despite CDC travel recommendations

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — While the CDC and local health leaders caution against traveling, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee welcomed people to come from near and far to enjoy all the Volunteer State has to offer.

“There’s a reason why Tennessee is home to the #1 tourist destination in the U.S.: We’re open for business! Look forward to welcoming spring break visitors and summer road-trippers to the Tennessee experience,” the governor tweeted Wednesday morning.

Memphis tourism agrees.

“Last week was our biggest weekend we have had in the last year, and it was spring break, so they were already coming to the state before the governor welcomed them,” Kevin Kane with Memphis Tourism told FOX13.

Local health leaders thought the governor tweeted out the virtual welcome mat too soon.

“We still have to be very careful about where we are in this pandemic, and make no mistake: If we open up too early, our numbers will go back up, and more people will get sick and die,” said Dr. Scott Strome, Dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine.