COVID Phase 3 Information Updates

Protecting the safety and health of our residents continues to be the top priority of the City of Gastonia, especially during the public health crisis caused by COVID-19. The City is complying with the State of North Carolina's executive orders designed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Gaston County COVID-19 vaccine clinics
State of North Carolina's priority groups for COVID-19 vaccinations

Effective at least until Jan. 29, North Carolina is under a modified stay-at-home order. In addition, the NC Department of Health and Human Services has issued a Secretarial Directive urging residents to wear face coverings; stay home other than for essential activities such as work, school, buying groceries and receiving health care; and avoid gathering with people that you do not live with.

North Carolina is using color-coded County Alert System regarding the spread of the coronavirus. Gaston County classified as "red" with critical levels of community spread.
North Carolina requires that a face covering be worn in all indoor settings if non-household members are present. Face coverings are also required outdoors when it is not possible to maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others.
The state is using a multi-phased approach to ease restrictions put in place in March because of COVID-19. The state of North Carolina is in Phase 3. More types of facilities are allowed to reopen in this phase, but capacity limits apply to most venues. And as of November 2020, the indoor mass gathering limit was reduced from 25 people to 10. 

Phase 3 information:

Residents are strongly urged to follow the three W's:

  • Wear a cloth face covering while in public
  • Wait 6 feet apart to maintain a safe distance
  • Wash hands frequently

City buildings, services and meetings in Phase 3

The City of Gastonia continues to provide essential services to residents. The information below explains how some services and access to City facilities have been revised in response to COVID-19. 

City of Gastonia buildings

Utility service

Executive orders by the governor of North Carolina temporarily stopped the disconnection of utility service for nonpayment from March 31 through July 30, 2020. However, customers are still required to pay for the water, sewer service and electricity they used during this time. The City of Gastonia and Two Rivers Utilities resumed normal collections procedures on past-due residential accounts on July 30, 2020.


Parks and Recreation

Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Solid Waste service

Gastonia Police and Fire

 Gastonia Transit

Gastonia City Council meetings and Advisory Committee meetings

Gastonia Conference Center

Important resources about the coronavirus and COVID-19

Health information


Individuals and families

**This page was last updated Jan. 21, 2021.**