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Gaston County Provides Update on Reopening of Facilities

GASTONIA, N.C. – Gaston County is making more services available on an appointment basis while it works toward reopening several of its buildings to the public.

Renovation work in the county’s administration building means that facility will remain closed to the public through at least the end of June. Residents who need in-person assistance from departments located within that building, such as the county’s tax office, can call to make those on an appointment basis. Residents can make those appointments by calling (704) 866-3158.

Gaston County was recently awarded more than $200,000 to hire temporary workers as part of a Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant. In addition to providing temporary jobs to those out of work, the funding will ensure the county has the personnel needed to conduct health screenings for members of the public at its buildings once they are reopened to the public. The County will begin re-opening buildings as these employees are hired and trained.

The Gaston County Public Library system has expanded curbside pickup service for books and other materials available for checkout. In addition to the main branch, materials are now available for the curbside service at the Bessemer City, Cherryville, TECH@ Lowell and Union Road branches. Several other branches remain closed due to ongoing renovations, while the Ferguson branch is closed due to the ongoing closure of city recreation centers under Governor Cooper’s statewide orders.

The curbside pickup hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patrons must call ahead to reserve their curbside orders. More information is available on the county library website, GastonLibrary.org.

In addition, the library continues to offer appointments to utilize computers inside the library’s Main Branch. Individuals will have a temperature check and health screening before being allowed to use the computers. Staff will be subject to the same temperature check and health screening that is part of Gaston County’s plan for all of its facilities.

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