COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

After the City of Belmont’s special city council meeting and in response to Gaston County’s State of Emergency Declaration, the City is taking the following actions to help “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 virus in our area.  

State of Emergency Declaration

The City of Belmont has declared a State of Emergency that goes into effect Wednesday, March 25th at 8 AM.  The declaration prohibits the use of public parks and public restrooms in the city limits of Belmont until further notice.  

Please note that there are two exceptions to this restriction: the Rocky Branch Park trails and the Seven Oaks trails.  We encourage everyone to continue going for walks, taking bike rides, or going hiking but we ask that you continue to practice social distancing while outdoors and in public areas.  This means keeping a minimum distance of six feet from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We recognize the additional limitations this places on our residents.  Please know that this was a difficult decision to make and we greatly appreciate everyone's understanding as we continue to make the adjustments needed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.   

To view the entire State of Emergency Declaration click here.

Important Things To Remember

There are many questions and doubts about what is going on right now.  Our county and city leaders are taking the necessary steps to help prevent this virus from spreading so we don’t overload our hospital system.  We cannot do it alone.  We need your help.  Please abide by the guidelines that are being put in place.  You may not be a person at risk, but you know someone that is.  If these restrictions aren’t followed, doctors will be forced to choose between treating one patient and not another.  We don’t want your loved one to be the person that doesn’t get care because our hospitals have run out of critical care beds or ventilators.  We are being asked to make sacrifices now, so we don’t have to make larger, more permanent ones later.


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Up To Date Information


  • To date there have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 Gaston County
  • Gaston County declared a state of emergency on Sunday, March 15, 2020 that included the following restrictions: 
      • A restriction of excessive price prohibitions (price gouging).  If you experience price gouging in our community please report it to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office.  Click here to file a complaint online or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM
      • Restricted Access: The Gaston County Health Director has the authority to restrict travel in designated areas in order to protect public health.
      • Restricted Activities: The Gaston County Health Director has the authority to restricted activities in order to maintain order and protect public health and safety
      • Restriction on Gatherings: All gathering in entertainment venues, county and municipal parks, or any other places where the public can gather is restricted to 50 people or less.  Exceptions include health care facilities, schools, government officers, business operations, and day care facilities.
  • Gaston County has ordered the closing of the following: libraries, county senior centers, all gyms, and self-service buffets
  • The State of North Carolina government has declared a state of emergency that include the following restrictions and mandates:
      • All k-12 public schools are to be closed for at least two weeks starting March 16, 2020
      • All bars and restaurants are to close their dining rooms and only offer pick-up or delivery services effect at 5 PM on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • The Federal Government has declared a state of emergency that includes the following recommendations:
      • Click here for information and guidelines from the White House

Contact Information

  • ​If you have general questions or concerns, please call the NC Coronavirus Call Line at 1-866-462-3821
  • If you suspect you may have the coronavirus CALL BEFORE YOU COME.  Please call a local healthcare provider and they will give you further instructions on what to do and where to go.
  • If you see a retailer in the area price gouging please report them to the NC Attorney General's Office by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM
  • Citizens are encouraged to carefully monitor the City and County’s web pages and social media channels for important information and updates. For non-emergency questions or concerns, the public may call Gaston County (704) 866-3300.

Links and Resources

Gaston County Resources
Gaston County COVID-19 Website
Gaston County COVID-19 March 16 Press Conference
State Resources
State of NC Case Count Website
State of NC COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheets:English, Spanish; Simplified Chinese