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.

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 now in what is called Phase 3. More types of facilities are allowed to reopen in this phase, but capacity limits apply to most venues. 

During Phase 3, North Carolina maintains its requirement for residents to wear face coverings when in public, indoors or outdoors.

Residents are still 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. However, customers are still required to pay for the water, sewer service and electricity they used during this time. 


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 Farmers Market

Gastonia Conference Center

Important resources about the coronavirus and COVID-19

Health information


Individuals and families

**This page was last updated Oct. 21, 2020.**