Herbert’s order on masks, gatherings draws dozens of protesters to Governor’s Mansion

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SALT LAKE CITY — Hours after Gov. Gary Herbert’s statewide mask mandate took effect, roughly 50 people gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion on South Temple in Salt Lake City to protest what they say is government overreach and an infringement on their rights.

“He doesn’t have the authority to tell us what to do in our own lives, in our homes and what we wear,” said Ken Whetstone, who braved Monday’s freezing temps and light snow to gather outside.

Carrying signs that read “Tyranny spreads COVID-19,” “No dictator Herbert” and “Our immune system is our God given PPE,” the crowd started small Monday afternoon, growing to about 50 people by 5 p.m.

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