NC Executive Order No. 124

UPDATE-***All City Facilities are closed to the public until further notice.  The City Hall Annex drive through will remain open at this time.***

NC CORONA VIRUS HOTLINE- If you have general questions or concerns, please call the NC Coronavirus Call Line at 1-866-462-3821.

UPDATE- As of Friday March 27, 2020 at 5:00PM, Gaston County has issued a State of Emergency & Stay at Home Order for the entire County including municipalities in the County.  Please read the full Proclamation and Stay at Home Order from the link below:

Gaston County State of Emergency Proclamation- COVID-19

Gaston County COVID-19 Stay At Home Signed Order

The City of Bessemer City is working closely with Gaston County Emergency Management and health agencies to monitor the Corona Virus pandemic. At this time, State and Local agencies are discouraging large gatherings of 50 or more people in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Additional Tips and InformationPrintable COVID-19 FactsheetsChanges to City Programs, Events, and FacilitiesGaston County Schools InformationWhat’s the Purpose of Social Distancing?What Curve? And Why is Flatter Better?

Visit the County’s site at:

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days AND feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Call your provider. Before you go to visit your medical provider, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • If you do not have a medical need, you can call (704) 862-5303 or 1-866-462-3821 to review your travel history and risk with a public health professional.
General Info

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and you (PDF)


Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease

Preventive Actions

Everyday preventive actions can help fight germs



The City of Bessemer City’s top priority is and always will be the safety and security of the community. City officials are taking the current spread of COVID-19 very seriously and are working closely with Gaston County and other local partners in monitoring this situation. While there have been some changes to City programming, all necessary arrangements are being made to ensure that all City essential services are provided during this evolving situation.

Some of the changes that have been made at this time to limit the spread of the virus as of 07-24-2020 4:00PM, are as follows:

  • All City Facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
  • All City Advisory Board Meetings (Planning & Zoning BA and Downtown Development) have been cancelled for 30 days.
  • All Courts: Basketball, Tennis, Pickle Ball, and Picnic shelters are closed and off limits. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
  • Farris Center Building Rentals- canceled until further notice
  • City Hall Annex- Utility payments are still being accepted at the drive through only but customers are encouraged to use other methods of payments including online bill pay , auto-draft, mail payments, and the drop box outside of City Hall Annex.  Citizens will not be allowed in any public office or building.
  • All residents are encouraged to conduct other business with the City, where possible, by calling City offices at 704-629-5542 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  A list of departments that can reached to conduct business can be found HERE.
  • All City Parks & Recreation programs are suspended until further notice. Staff will take this time to evaluate the programs and follow up with participants with more information.
  • All City Parks & Recreation facilities (excluding parks) are closed.  Please note that parks are still open, but staff will not be maintaining these areas.

Gaston County Schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Visit for more information.


COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. Older adults and people with severe medical conditions, including heart, lung, or kidney disease are more at risk.  It is recommended to limit gatherings to less than 10. Learn more about social distancing HERE.

If you look at the image, you can see two curves – two different versions of what might happen in the United States, depending on next steps.

The tall, skinny curve is bad – it means that a lot of people will get sick at once, in a short period of time because we don’t take enough steps to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person.

Most people won’t get sick enough to need a hospital. But those who do could overwhelm the number of beds and care teams that our nation’s hospitals have available number of beds and care teams that our nation’s hospitals have available.





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