Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. is a historic event. He will arrive at Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. and will be welcomed there by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Pope Francis’ six-day visit to the U.S. will be a week of changes for many people in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, according to the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
Time reported that Pope Francis’ visit from Sept. 22 until Sept. 27 will impact more things than people might realize when he arrives in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, travels to New York on Thursday afternoon and heads to Philadelphia on Saturday. E-commerce deliveries and other things will be heavily impacted.
USA Today reported that Pope Francis’ two-day stop in Philadelphia may have more attention in the city than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The city’s population will double. Mayor Michael Nutter says he anticipates approximately 1-1.5 million people during Pope Francis’ visit.
The United States Postal Service has suspended deliveries in parts of Philadelphia. In the interest of safety and security, some residents will have their mailboxes removed along Pope Francis’ travel route. CSX Corp. is closing two facilities that move loads between railcars and trucks for the weekend in Philadelphia. Comcast Corp. notified customers that it won’t be doing in-home installations from Friday through Monday in Philadelphia. However, it will have 24-hour maintenance coverage, and it will send technicians out on bicycles in areas that aren’t accessible by vehicle.
Deliveries and pickups will be suspended by United Parcel Service in parts of all three cities during the pontiff’s visit. FedEx Corp. won’t cancel service, but customers should expect delays and disruptions. ShipMatrix reported it won’t be able to deliver in some areas. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said that the pontiff’s visit, combined with a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly and other events, presents New York with the largest security challenge it has ever faced.
Beer distributors in Washington and Philadelphia are rescheduling deliveries, and at least one is shutting down for Pope Francis’ visit. Coca-Cola Co. said it adjusted deliveries for customers in areas where streets are closed. CVS Health Corp. identified 32 New York stores with deliveries in the path of the papal visit.
Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C. has also led the U.S. government to change its procedure for releasing economic data. Railroad Norfolk Southern Corp. will experience interruptions. Road and bridge closures will impact train service. While these changes might be temporary inconveniences, this is a special event for Catholics and others. People from far and near will try to get to see Pope Francis while he is visiting in the United States.