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What you need to know about Catalina Island and COVID-19

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Updated 2/19/2021 8:26 a.m.

Our team is standing by to help make your Catalina Island experience easy. Whether that means answering questions for a trip or helping you plan your future visit with one of our custom itineraries, we want you to know we are here for you. Please be aware that at this time we have a limited staff and it may take a bit longer to respond to your request. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Like you, we are looking forward to the days when life returns to normal. In the meanwhile, here’s everything we know about COVID-19 and Catalina Island. We are continually updating this page as new information becomes available, but we encourage you to verify all information in these rapidly changing times.

Visitors can visit Catalina Island, however everyone is required to wear a mask — with a $100 fine for non-compliance.

The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has a regularly updated COVID-19 page.

Additional information is also available at the City of Avalon’s website.

Catalina Express: Offering daily travel to the island from Long Beach. Service from Dana Point and San Pedro is limited at this time. Please note that all passengers must wear a mask in the terminals and on board the boat. Food and drink may not be consumed while on board.

Catalina Passenger Services: The Catalina Flyer service from Newport Beach plans to resume service on Feb. 26.

IEX Helicopter Service: Helicopter service is available, passengers must wear masks at all times.

Avalon Harbor: The beaches are open and moorings are available for boaters.

Catalina Island events: Many Catalina events have been rescheduled. We recommend that you double-check dates and times if you plan to attend an event on the island. Many of the island’s annual events have gone virtual, enjoy Catalina events safely from your home.

Restaurants and bars: Some restaurants offer delivery or to-go, as well as outdoor dining and beachside dining.

Avalon Transit: Fixed bus service (the Garibaldi bus) is not in operation, but Dial-A-Ride service will continue.

Catalina Taxi and Tours: The island’s taxi service is available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please call to verify service hours.

Cruise ships: At this time, cruise ships are not visiting Catalina. Visits may resume in 2021.

Catalina Island Museum: The Catalina Island Museum’s outdoor galleries are open and the Museum gift store is open with an array of fascinating items.

Catalina Island Conservancy: Catalina Island hiking trails are open. The Trailhead Center is open for hiking and biking permits, retail and restrooms. Campgrounds are open. Eco-tours have resumed operation.

The Airport in the Sky: The airport is open and the tower is staffed. Restrooms are available at the airport. The DC-3 Cafe is open and serving food on the patio.

Catalina Island Medical Center is open and serving patients. Their website also features regularly updated information about the virus and its potential impact. Vaccines are being administered to eligible island residents.

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