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February 24, 2021

Individuals gather at homes of Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Cox in protest of mask mandate

SALT LAKE CITY — Several protesters gathered outside the residential homes of Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox to speak out against the state’s mask mandates.

About 75 people stood outside Herbert’s home in Orem, while respecting the city’s ordinance on residential protests. Others taped signs reading “Herbert is not a king!” and “Stop the mask myth!” on their cars and drove around the cul-de-sac while waving Trump 2020 and American flags.

Police officers were on standby to make sure protesters complied with a new city ordinance on residential protests that the Orem City council passed Friday after Concerned Citizens of Utah announced a series of protests from Nov. 10-15.

The group planned to protest at state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn’s home, the Governor’s Mansion, Herbert’s residential home, and Cox’s home in Fairview.

Cox met the protesters who made the trip to his home with cookies and hot chocolate, saying they don’t get many visitors.

“I’m glad I got a chance to tell them I love them even if we disagree on masks,” Cox tweeted.

Sen. Mike Lee spoke out against the protest Sunday night.

“Protest all you want, but don’t threaten the family of the person you’re trying to influence,” Lee tweeted. “And make no mistake—that’s exactly what you’re doing when you show up to protest at the place where they sleep.”

The protesters spoke out against Herbert’s statewide mask mandate and a limit on social gatherings to their own household to combat the state’s COVID-19 surge. The protests comes on the heels of Utah’s highest week of positive COVID-19 cases.

Contributing: Garna Mejia, KSL TV

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