Gaston County Issues Clarification After County Commissioner Signs Order Lifting Stay-At-Home Order

The Latest(Updated April 29th):

Gaston County released the following clarification to the order allowing businesses to reopen at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29th:

Gov. Cooper’s staff has rightly pointed out today that in response to Gaston County’s new order, taking effect at 5 p.m. today, it acknowledges that the state order supersedes our own.

From paragraph 2 of today’s signed order:

“WHILE CLARIFYING THAT GASTON COUNTY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ARE STILL SUBJECT AND RESTRICTED BY ANY AND ALL OF THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS UNLESS AND UNTIL THEY EXPIRE OR ARE OTHERWISE REPLACED, RESCINDED, OR ELIMINATED.”

From a function standpoint, Gaston County Government will continue to follow all state laws, including Gov. Cooper’s executive order. At no point would county leadership ask its staff or county residents to break the law.

In all of this, Gaston County’s Board of Commissioners want to make clear its support for the residents of our county to get back to work.

“In spite of the Governor’s order, we support and will stand with those that want to open their businesses and go to work,” Chairman Tracy Philbeck said.

Original Story:

GASTON COUTNY, N.C. — Gaston County officials say they plan to lift the Stay-at-Home order beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29th, and any business can reopen if they practice social distancing.

On his Facebook page, County Commissioner Tracy Philbeck said the following:

“Now that we are better educated on the virus, and in a better position with everything from better testing and adequate PPE, we are poised to take the next step.

We do not believe in a one size fits all approach in NC. In fact we believe a continued stay at home order will have a disastrous impact on our citizens. The cure may be worse than the disease.”

Philbeck acknowledges that lifting the Order contradicts Governor Cooper, but says locals leadership feels this is best for the citizens of Gaston County.

Cooper’s office released this statement:

Ford Porter, spokesperson for Governor Roy Cooper said,

“This order’s only effect is to create confusion during a public health emergency, which is dangerous. The Gaston County order itself says that the statewide Stay At Home order remains in effect, and state leaders urge people to continue following it.”