Health Department's Response to Papal Visit

papal visitPope Francis will be in the Philadelphia region on September 26th and 27th at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF), which runs from September 22nd to 25th. The Papal visit has been declared a National Special Security Event (NSSE), which places the United States Secret Service in command of security for the event. A schedule of Pope Francis’ events is available on the Papal Itinerary page.

Pope Francis is expected to stay at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion making Montgomery County the Pope’s #HomeAwayFromRome. Montgomery County will significantly be affected during this time as several major roadways will be closed, thousands of people attending the WMOF and Papal events will be staying in Montgomery County, and several SEPTA train stations being used as designated pick up stations are located in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County and Lower Merion officials, along with emergency management, police, fire, and EMS personnel from other county municipalities have joined the Secret Service, the Philadelphia Police and Fire departments, and the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to plan a coordinated response. There are more than 400 personnel from across the region, including state and federal agencies, involved in 23 different subcommittees who have planned for this event.

Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) has been very active in all aspects of the planning process. Key areas of involvement for MCHD have been Food Safety, Mobile Food Vendor activity, Illness Prevention, Disease Surveillance and Outreach to both private entities (such as hotels) and healthcare providers across the county.

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