Trucker convoy protesting COVID-19 restrictions plans to circle DC Beltway Sunday

People’s Convoy drivers have shifted their plans, with a spokesperson telling WTOP that they have plans to Circle the Beltway on Sunday.

A People’s Convoy spokesperson tells WTOP that they plan to circle the Beltway on Sunday in protest of COVID-19 restrictions.

A Facebook page for the group says they’ll meet at 8 am on Sunday at Mike Landis’ drop deck trailer but doesn’t specify timing of a departure.

A convoy leader told The Washington Post that the protestors will loop the beltway twice Sunday morning after leaving Hagerstown, Maryland around 9:30 am But it could take some time for the trucks and other participating vehicles to reach the beltway.

Lynne Kristensen, a spokesperson with the People’s Convoy, said that plans have not been finalized, but that the convoy does plan to drive around DC

“The People’s Convoy plans to circle the beltway [Sunday] and has been working with local and state law enforcement to find the best time to travel,” Kristensen said in a message to WTOP.

The convoy had said it would head toward DC on Saturday, but the group ended up staying in Hagerstown, Maryland overnight.

Virginia State Police are monitoring the convoy’s potential impact to traffic with the help of local, state and federal partners, according to a news release.

The agency said they’ve talked with the protest’s leaders and if the convoy enters the region, drivers will see an increased presence of Virginia Troopers and the state’s Motor Carrier Safety teams to ease traffic.

“Virginia State Police respects the public’s First Amendment rights and has been in contact with various groups’ organizers to ensure their understanding of Virginia traffic laws,” the news release states. “These communications have also enabled us to share our expectations related to keeping traffic flowing safely and efficiently on Virginia highways, especially in the case of emergencies and for first responding vehicles.”

The convoy’s spokesperson added that plans are fluid and that more information would be available on Sunday in response to the Washington Post’s reporting.

The trucker convoy was estimated to have hundreds of vehicles ranging from semis to standard-sized cars. They will be traveling from their initial rallying place in Hagerstown, Maryland, but have not confirmed a second rallying point or any other information at this time.

The convoy has stated a primary opposition to mask mandates and other COVID-19 regulations. Most of those mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in recent weeks.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP and Traffic and Weather on the 8’s for the latest on your commute. WTOP’s Jessica Kronzer and Matt Small contributed to this report.

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