Tennessee House Democrats join Senate Democrats in pushing Lee to order statewide shelter in place

Tennessee House Democrats on Wednesday joined Senate Democrats in urging Gov. Bill Lee to issue a shelter-in-place order, which would prohibit all nonessential movement of Tennesseans outside of their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Democrats are referring to it as a “safer-at-home” order.

Several states already have issued similar orders and some localities in Tennessee, including Nashville and Memphis, have issued “safe at home” orders. Some of the permitted essential travel usually includes grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy, getting take-out food and going out for exercise.

A statewide order might also enforce social
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