Gov. Brown warns businesses of consequences if they reopen in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions

Brown said local elected officials don’t have the power to allow businesses to reopen against state guidance. She said businesses could be subjected to fines.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday warned business owners that there will be consequences if they choose to reopen in defiance of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

“I am urging all Oregon businesses to put the health of their communities first by following the guidance we have in place for their counties,” Brown said in a statement. “A large majority of businesses continue to do the right thing to protect their communities. However, when Oregonians don’t take COVID-19 seriously,

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