GASTONIA, N.C. – Gaston County is closing the majority of its public buildings, including its administration building in Gastonia, effective 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
This is part of the county’s continuing incremental response to the coronavirus crisis. County manager Dr. Kim Eagle directed department directors to use a hybrid model of staggered shifts and remote working options to minimize person-to-person contact.
Exempted from the order to close to the public are the DHHS and Health buildings, the Gaston County Police Department and the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office. However, each of those offices has restrictions in place to protect employees and staff.
Yesterday, the County closed the Gaston Senior Center in Dallas, the Gaston County Museum in Dallas, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Gaston County Center in Dallas and the Gaston County Travel and Tourism Center in Belmont. In addition, Gaston County’s Veterans Services Office is closed to in-person appointments, but is still offering services telephonically.
Eagle emphasized that critical services like the tax department and building inspections and permitting unit – would still continue to operate and fully serve the needs of the businesses pushing ahead with projects during this difficult time.
“As public servants, we are prepared to meet the needs of our residents and those we serve through the duration of this crisis,” Eagle said. “This decision is part of an ongoing effort to minimize face-to-face contact with the public for our health and safety and that of our residents.”
The county continues to monitor the situation on the ground in Gaston County with covid-19. Despite the rise in confirmed cases in neighboring Mecklenburg County, health officials in Gaston do not have a confirmed case within the community.