Governor urges Oregonians to get masks on or see businesses close again

Gov. Kate Brown was in no holiday mood Wednesday, telling Oregonians to get masks on or risk seeing businesses closed and, now, possibly schools remaining shut.

Brown told reporters in a news conference that the numbers in Oregon related to Covid were headed the wrong way – too many infections spreading too fast.

She spoke to urge Oregonians to obey her new order that everyone in the state wear face masks when indoors at public venues from grocery stores to churches.

“I’m very serious about this,” Brown said.

Brown all but begged Oregonians to put on the masks to slow what state health officials say is an alarming increase in Covid infections. She said issuing the statewide mandate was meant to get Oregonians’ attention.

And she said there would be a price if her directive wasn’t . . .