A rally against COVID-19 restrictions drew approximately 100 people to the steps of the Utah Capitol on Thursday evening.
“We are probably in a lot more risk of dying in a car accident and driving here instead of getting COVID-19 here and dying,” event organizer Robyn Openshaw told FOX 13.
Protesters took issue with Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s approval of requests from Salt Lake and Summit counties to make face coverings mandatory in public.
Several speakers argued that it’s an individual’s personal liberty to decide whether to wear a mask.
As daily COVID-19 cases continue to climb, the group did not want to see small businesses close again to slow the spread of the virus.
Similar rallies are being planned in the coming weeks.
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