Officials in Ohio said they are keeping an eye on the possibility of a protest after several social media posts from truckers across the country called for a “Patriot Shutdown” protest on Monday over COVID-19 mandates and vaccinations.

According to FOX 19, several posts claimed that the protest begins at 7 a.m., so the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is watching for protestors.

“The Patrol is aware and monitoring the situation closely to ensure roadways are safe to travel. For security reasons, we cannot go into further detail at this time,” spokeswoman Sgt. Christina Hayes said.

However, as of 9 a.m. Monday, spokeswoman Lt. Nathan Dennis stated the OSHP in Columbus highways is continuing “to monitor the situation closely,” and there was no sign of a demonstration at that time.

Prosecutor Joe Deters of Hamilton County said his office is aware of the protest and that anyone who participates would be charged with a felony.

“My office has learned there are plans to shut down the highways, nationwide, on Monday to protest vaccine mandates. I want to be perfectly clear. Anyone who attempts to shut down the highways in Hamilton County will be removed from their vehicles, charged with felony Disrupting Public Services, and they will go to jail,” Deters said in a strongly-worded statement.

“To those who claim to be supportive of law enforcement—law enforcement is not with you,” he added. “This would pose a serious danger for our first responders and the community at large. I have always been supportive of a citizen’s First Amendment right to protest. But, this is not lawful and it is reckless. It will not be tolerated.”

The news of the protests came after President Joe Biden issued an order earlier this month requiring companies with 100 or more employees to ensure that their staff is vaccinated or get tested weekly for COVID-19.

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