Officials in North Carolina’s Gaston County announced on Wednesday their intention to sign an order allowing businesses in the county to reopen, effective April 29 at 5:00 p.m., despite Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) extended stay-at-home orders.
“We’re going to put our people to work and we’re going to do it in a health-minded way,” Commission Chairman Tracy Philbeck said. “We have learned that social distancing works. We’ve learned that with strict sanitation, strict hygiene, it works.”
“If you don’t wanna open your business, you don’t have to,” Philbeck said. “We can protect the health of our citizens while at the same time putting our citizens back at work.”
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.— Tracy Philbeck (@tracyphilbeck) April 29, 2020
Thousands are out of work and the promised government assistance is to slow and inadequate to meet the needs.— Tracy Philbeck (@tracyphilbeck) April 29, 2020
The health consequences, mental health consequences & economic consequences will destroy lives and our ability to take care of ourselves if we continue down this path.
Gaston County leaders: Businesses can reopen despite N.C. orders, but there may be legal consequenceshttps://t.co/AcENF8wEAV— DeepClips (@DeepClips) April 30, 2020
Gov. Cooper spokesman Ford Porter’s statement on Gaston County: pic.twitter.com/fXwTcwLzB6— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) April 29, 2020
Read the newly updated Gaston County order below.