The World Youth Day (WYD) local organizer announced today that from January 11 to 28 the streets of the Old Town of the capital will be for pedestrian's use during the religious event so visitors can mobilize in this area of great tourist affluence.
The Executive Directorate of Support for the Local Organizing Committee of the WYD, that takes place in Panama from January 22 to 27, asked for collaboration in the security measures adopted to carry out these activities that involve the presence of Pope Francis, the pilgrims, and visitors to the Old Town.
The measures include the delivery of labels and accreditation, as well as mobility actions in the Old Town through pedestrian access for residents (parking lots,) shops (vehicle entry and supply schedules), the organizing committee said in a statement.
Waste management will also be regulated (twice a day).
In the Old Town, there will be attention points for first aid and case of medical emergency.
The Old Town will be completely closed on January 24 and 26, two hours before the activities and two hours after them. From 05.00 to 14.00 local time (10.00 to 22.00 GMT).
Parking vehicles on public roads will not be allowed from January 12 to 26, and the consumption of alcoholic drinks on public roads and carrying weapons and firearms will be forbidden.
WYD, whose last edition was held in Krakow (Poland), is one of the most important events of the Catholic Church, which every three years brings together thousands of young people from all over the world with the pope.