Nutter on What Businesses Can Expect for Pope Visit

The city has created a "business resource center" and offered information on deliveries.

nutter-pope-biz-presser-2-940x540Since the announcement that Philadelphia will host the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis, business owners in Center City have been clamoring for more information.

Mayor Michael Nutter offered some clarify in a Thursday press conference.

The Impact on Business

  • The city will open a “business resource center” for questions concerning the Papal visit. It opens at noon on Monday and will field calls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will take questions from local businesses and offer information about the Pope’s visit. The city is staffing the center with 10 service managers.
  • Businesses should try to get final deliveries by Friday, September 25.
  • Some limited deliveries will be permitted overnight on Saturday, September 26 and early morning on Sunday, September 27. In many instances, the deliveries won’t go to typical loading docks but will instead go to drop-off points.
  • The mayor knows that commercial trash pickup is an issue, and he promises more information soon.
  • Taxis will be able to move in and out of the traffic box until 2 a.m. on Saturday morning the 26th. Taxi service will be permitted to resume at taxi stands beginning at 3 a.m. on Monday morning.

Nutter also released new information about security zones and municipal closures. That information can be found here.