Congressman Cohen Requests Governor Lee to Issue Mandatory Shelter-in-Place Order

March 30, 2020
Press Release
Concern that Memphis medical facilities will become overwhelmed

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today wrote to Governor Bill Lee, commending his decision to recommend a statewide shelter-in-place for non-essential travel, but also urging him to make it mandatory in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic already evident throughout the Mid-South and to prevent a deluge of cases overwhelming Memphis medical facilities.

The letter reads in part:

“I write today to urgently request you issue a mandatory shelter in place order for Tennessee and prohibit gatherings of more than ten people. I am proud to represent the Ninth District of Tennessee that connects Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, but I fear that, without these preventative measures, it will become a hub of illness that will quickly overcome Memphis’s health care facilities. I commend your decision to urge Tennesseans to shelter in place, but this virus crosses state and county lines and it is already claiming Tennessee lives. Your order must become mandatory.”

See the entire letter here.

The Mayors of Memphis and Shelby County ordered non-essential workers to stay home in order that took effect last Tuesday, March 24.