Video: Gov. Spencer Cox at the Utah GOP convention

“I want to point out that some of you that hate me haven’t been paying attention,” he said.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox is joined by his wife, Abby, as they walk the halls of the Utah Republican Party’s 2021 Organizing Convention at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Gov. Spencer Cox won over a skeptical crowd of Utah Republicans on Saturday by touting how quickly the state is moving to do away with coronavirus-related restrictions.

“I know some of you hate me for some of the decisions that have been made,” Cox said. “I want to point out that some of you that hate me haven’t been paying attention.”

Cox then rattled off a list of accomplishments.

“We have banned government vaccine passports in the state. We were one of the first states to do that, and most of you don’t even know it. We also have had zero restrictions on any religious gatherings since clear back in October. So, if churches and temples are closed, it has nothing to do with the state,” he said.

Cox also cheered the fact that most of the virus-related restrictions will be gone by the end of this week.

“And I’m here to tell you right now that at the end of the school year, there will be no more masks and there will be no more masks next fall. That’s the truth,” said Cox.