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Gaston County Readies for Phase 2 of State Re-Opening Plan

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – As the state of North Carolina prepares to enter Phase 2 of Gov. Cooper’s re-opening plan at 5 p.m. today, Gaston County has some advice for residents with questions or concerns about the new rules.

First, we ask that residents reserve 9-1-1 for emergencies. Concerns about businesses operating above capacity or not following social distancing guidelines should call the Gaston County coronavirus hotline at 704-862-5303. That hotline is staffed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (though it will be closed for Memorial Day, so the hotline will first be available on Tuesday, May 26th). The operators can handle concerns and provide follow-up through the County’s health department, building inspections unit or the appropriate law enforcement agency, depending on the situation.

“We want to work with the community to make this as smooth of a transition as possible,” Department of Health and Human Services Director Chris Dobbins said. “Our goal is to continue to be a resource to our community and our businesses to help guide them with advice on best practices and keeping our residents safe.”

For concerns about violations of the Phase 2 executive order after hours or on weekends, residents may contact the Gaston County Police Department directly through their non-emergency line: 704-866-3300.