CDC requires Riders to Wear Face Coverings while Riding

News Release

Janet Sanders
Office: 661.869.6304

February 1, 2021


CDC requires Riders to Wear Face Coverings while Riding

Bakersfield, CA — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a mandate on January 29, 2021, requiring all persons riding Public Transportation or at any bus stop or terminal wear a face mask to protect the public. Wearing a mask helps to prevent the spread of the virus.

The CDC is exercising its statutory and regulatory authority to require all riders to wear a mask.

GET Bus Operators will decline to board anyone not wearing a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose. Riders must wear a mask the entire period of travel. If a passenger refuses to comply, the operator can disembark the person at the earliest safe opportunity.

Golden Empire Transit (GET) ask riders to follow the new CDC mandate to wear a mask.

GET takes every precaution to clean and disinfect all vehicles daily and between runs to keep our riders safe. Social distancing on the buses is also required.

GET was formed in July 1973 and is the primary public transportation provider for the Bakersfield Urbanized Area. It is the largest public transit system within a 110-mile radius. The District’s legal boundary includes Bakersfield city limits as well as adjacent unincorporated areas. GET has a fleet of 88 compressed natural gas buses equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks. GET serves 16 routes, operating 7 days a week and transporting more than 6 million passengers each year with its fixed-route buses. In addition, GET operates 25 compressed natural gas GET-A-Lift buses and 7 microtransit RYDE shuttles. For more information, visit or call 869.2GET (2438). 

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