City of Gastonia Remains Under Phase 2 through July 17

This page was updated on June 25, 2020.

The City of Gastonia is complying with the State of North Carolina’s orders that are intended to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. With Executive Order No. 147, Phase 2 Safer at Home has been extended through July 17. In addition, face coverings are now required in public, indoors or outdoors, where it is not possible to remain 6 feet from other people. Detailed information about the face covering requirements and Phase 2 guidelines are available on the City’s website.

  • The interiors of all City buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • Utilities
    • Residential water, sewer and electric customers will not have service disconnected for nonpayment through July 29, 2020.
    • Customers will still be charged for all water, sewer and electricity they use. Balances are deferred, not forgiven or reduced.
    • Extended payment plans will be offered to residential customers after July 29.
    • Residential customers are encouraged to pay as much as they can toward past-due utility balances before the end of July. This video helps explain why.
    • For commercial utility customers, accounts returned to normal collection procedures June 3.
    • Commercial utility customers with balances that became past due between March 16 and June 1 that wish to request a pay arrangement should call 704-866-6984 or accounts will be subject to normal collection procedures.
  • Transit Service
    • Free fares on City buses continue through Aug 1. (Riders are asked to make essential trips only and are to wear face coverings.)
  • Parks and Recreation
      • Parks, greenways, trails, and open spaces in City parks are open sunrise to sunset.
      • Public restrooms are open 8 a.m.-7 -p.m.
      • Basketball and volleyball courts and athletic fields at parks facilities are open. Gatherings limited to 25 or fewer, and visitors should maintain social distancing.
      • Picnic shelters open to groups of up to 25 people.
      • Rankin Lake boathouse is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
      • Skeet and Trap Range is open five days a week, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
      • Lineberger Park miniature train is open Thursdays through Sundays.
      • Lineberger Park pool opened May 30 with limited capacity.
      • Erwin Park pool opened Saturday, June 13. Shallow end only. Limited capacity. Closed on Mondays.
      • Park playgrounds, splash pads and drinking fountains remain closed.
      • Recreation Centers remain closed.
      • Youth and adult recreation/athletic programs are suspended until further notice.
      • Veterans Museum is closed until further notice.
      • Parks and Recreation administrative offices are closed to the public.
      • Regular cleanings and social distancing guidelines will be followed at all Parks facilities.
  • Police and Fire Departments
    • Front doors of Gastonia Police Department remain locked until further notice. Visitors needing assistance can call the GPD front desk at 704-866-6702.
    • All fire stations remain closed to the public.
  • Schiele Museum & Nature Trail
  • Conference Center
    • The Gastonia Conference Center will remain closed until further notice.