Business help for papal visit is on the way

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 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter discuses  plans for Pope Francis' scheduled visit to the city. (AP photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter discuses plans for Pope Francis' scheduled visit to the city. (AP photo/Matt Rourke)

The late-September visit of Pope Francis has a lot of Philadelphia businesses worried about how — and if — they’ll be able to operate that weekend amid traffic restrictions.

 Mayor Michael Nutter, who said he’s aware of those worries, said the city will try to help businesses stay open with a hotline debuting Monday.

“The papal visit resource center sponsored by the city’s commerce department will be available on the city’s website.  There will be information, maps and a Q-and-A document that attempts to answer many of the questions local business owners have been asking,” Nutter said.

Still, just as in a weather emergency, Nutter advised business owners to prepare for several days without being about to get supplies.

“Try if you can to get your final deliveries on Friday so that you are well stocked for the weekend and Monday,” Nutter suggested. “We are also working on a plan for limited deliveries to occur overnight on Saturday into the early hours of Sunday morning.”

The mayor added those deliveries might not be up to the door.

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