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Numerous Events Canceled as Leaders Urge Social Distancing

GASTONIA, N.C. – A day after Gaston County’s Board of Commissioners Chairman Tracy Philbeck issued a strong warning to organizations to avoid large gatherings, the County is taking the lead by canceling several events.

This is a proactive measure done with the interest of protecting the public during the coronavirus outbreak and helping slow the spread of the virus. So far, no confirmed cases have been reported in Gaston County.

A sample of just some of the events that are canceled or postponed is listed below.


Gaston County

The Gaston MAX Festival, held in partnership between the Gaston County Public Library, the Friends of the Library and the City of Gastonia, is now canceled. It was scheduled for March 28.

The Gaston County Public Library is canceling all programs and meeting room usage through April 4. The various libraries will remain open under normal hours.

The Gaston County Senior Center in Dallas will remain open, but has canceled the following events and activities:

  • Senior Dance, scheduled for March 13th
  • Widowed Group Dance, scheduled for March 20th
  • All regular scheduled classes for the weeks of March 16th and March 23rd are canceled

The small group AARP tax prep sessions that have already been booked and the March 14th Identity Theft Seminar with Gaston County Police will continue as planned.

Decisions to run athletic events at county parks will be up to the discretion of the individual organizations.


Gaston County Museum

An evening of Celtic Music and Mythic Tales with Jamie Laval, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed until a later date. Those with tickets should check the artist’s website ( for more details.


Bessemer City

Bessemer City has closed its senior center until further notice. They have canceled Monday night bingo and are postponing this weekend’s Hall of Fame dinner until a later date.



The City of Belmont has canceled its St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl that was scheduled for Saturday.

Additionally, it is evaluating whether it will host the Belmont Blooms Celebration at the end of the month. The city expects to make a decision on that event by next week.

Gaston County remains prepared to declare a State of Emergency if a coronavirus case is confirmed within Gaston County or if neighboring counties see a spike in cases.