COVID-19 Information and Updates


Cascades East Transit (CET) is operated by COIC and continues to provide an essential public transportation service to community members who need to make essential trips to a job, doctor’s appointment, pharmacy, or grocery store . CET continues to follow the advice of the Oregon Health Authority which is recommending the use of face masks and “social distancing” practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Central Oregon residents should stay home except for making critical trips. To ensure the safety of our drivers and riders, CET is requiring passengers to wear a face covering such as a scarf, bandana, or mask when boarding the bus.

CET has implemented additional measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Further information is available on CET’s website. 

  • Staff are performing enhanced cleaning procedures inside CET facilities and buses on a daily basis; hand sanitizer is provided for staff and customers.
  • The lobby inside Hawthorne Station is only open for customers to use the restroom and customers are asked to exit immediately after using the facilities to ensure social distancing practices. CET has ended ticket sales at Hawthorne Station until further notice.
  • CET has reduced transit services and continues to offer fareless boarding across all services  reduce interactions between passengers and drivers and eliminate cash exchange. Seats inside buses are marked off in every other row to encourage social distancing practices. 

To minimize the spread of coronavirus, the CDC recommends the following preventative measures:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For posters and fact sheets about the coronavirus (in English and Spanish), visit this linkStay safe everyone!