Hundreds protest Utah governor’s order requiring children to wear masks at school

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Children rip up a large paper mask at a rally protesting government mask mandates at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.

More than 400 people gathered Saturday evening at the Capitol in Salt Lake City to protest Gov. Gary Herbert’s order that all K-12 schools in Utah require face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

People carried signs that read “un-mask the children” and “kids need oxygen.” Others compared masks to tyranny and child abuse.

There were some speeches, and children ripped up a giant paper mask. Protesters also played a version of pin the tail on the donkey, where they placed a mask on a picture of Herbert.

The protest was organized by Utah Business Revival, according to the Facebook event.