City's coronavirus response

Protecting the safety and health of our residents is the top priority of the City of Gastonia, especially during the public health crisis caused by COVID-19. The City is complying with the Stay at Home Order issued by Gaston County. All residents are encouraged to voluntarily comply with the order and also maintain social distancing. The City will also comply with the Stay at Home Order issued by the State of North Carolina. It takes effect at 5 p.m. March 30.

The City of Gastonia continues to provide essential services to residents. And the same time, we are working diligently to prevent or minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus. Our response includes:  

City of Gastonia buildings

  • City office buildings closed to the public effective 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19, including Gastonia City Hall, the Garland Municipal Business Center and Utility Customer Service Center, Parks and Recreation administrative offices, and Recreation Centers. Other options for paying utility bills.
  • When the City Council meets in open session, City Hall will be open to the public as required. Audience is limited to 10 people in the meeting room, including City employees.
  • The Transit Center remains open.
  • The front doors of the Gastonia Police Department are locked until further notice. A notice has been posted on the front door instructing visitors to press the call button for assistance. GPD’s front desk will be monitored at all times to handle visitors promptly. If you have questions or need a copy of a police report, please call the GPD front desk at 704-866-6702. 
  • All fire stations are closed to the public. If contact is necessary please ring doorbells and assistance will be provided as soon as possible. 

Utility service

Solid Waste service

  • City garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup continue as scheduled.
  • Solid Waste employees have been provided with eye protection, special gloves, protective arm sleeves, face masks, hand sanitizer and education material.

 Events

  • City-sponsored events are canceled until further notice, including but not limited to Gaston MAX, Arbor Day and Easter Egg Hunt.

Parks and Recreation

  • Parks, greenways, trails and open spaces in City parks are open, but visitors should maintain a social distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Park restrooms, playgrounds and water fountains are closed.
  • Recreation Centers are closed.
  • Lineberger Park miniature train and Rankin Lake boathouse closed.
  • Youth and adult recreation/athletic programs suspended until further notice.
  • Parks and Recreation classes and events suspended until further notice.
  • Veterans Museum closed until further notice.
  • Skeet and Trap Range closed until further notice.
  • Parks and Recreation administrative offices are closed to the public.

Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

  • Closed to the public until further notice.

Gastonia Police and Fire

  • Gastonia Police and Fire shifts are fully staffed. Police officers and firefighters have been provided personal protective equipment and educational material.
  • The front doors of the Gastonia Police Department are locked until further notice. A notice on the front door instructs visitors to press the call button for assistance. GPD’s front desk will be monitored at all times to handle visitors promptly. If you have questions or need a copy of a police report, please call the GPD front desk at 704-866-6702.
  • All fire stations are closed to the public. If contact is necessary please ring doorbells and assistance will be provided as soon as possible.
  • Community room reservations at Police and Fire stations canceled until further notice.
  • Gastonia Police firing range closed to the public.
  • Children’s car-seat checks temporarily suspended.
  • Fingerprinting in CSI for the public is temporarily suspended.
  • Community Watch meetings are temporarily suspended.
  • All state-mandated business inspections are suspended.

 Gastonia Transit

  • Bradley Transit Center is open.
  • Bus routes are running as scheduled.
  • Passengers can ride City buses for free March 25 to April 29, 2020.
  • Passengers are to exit the bus through the rear door to maintain social distancing from the driver.
  • ADA paratransit buses are being cleaned after each pickup and drop-off.
  • Bus interiors and doorways are being sprayed with disinfectant after each round trip or every hour, and buses are deep-cleaned twice daily.
  • At the transit center in Downtown Gastonia, the bus station doors, handles and benches are sprayed with disinfectant every hour.
  • Flyers have been posted asking passengers to not ride City buses if they have flu-like symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with the coronavirus, if they have recently traveled to specific countries overseas or have been in close contact with anyone who recently traveled to those countries, or if they have been instructed by a medical professional to isolate or quarantine themselves.
  • Charlotte Area Transit System 85X on a modified schedule and is not charging bus fares effective March 25.

Gastonia Conference Center

  • Programs and events suspended until further notice.

Gastonia City Council meetings and Advisory Committee meetings

  • City Council meetings being held as scheduled.
  • Audience is limited to 10 people in the meeting room, including City employees.
  • Public can watch via livestream on City’s website.
  • Advisory Committee meetings canceled or held via teleconference.

 More information about the coronavirus and COVID-19

**This page was last updated March 27, 2020.**