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

on March 18, 2020

Updated 4/1/2020 4:30 p.m.

Our team is standing by to help make your Catalina Island experience easy. Whether that means exchanging or cancelling your travel dates, answering questions for a trip post-coronavirus, or helping you plan your future visit with one of our custom itineraries, we want you to know we are here for you.

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.

At this time, travel to the island is not officially restricted, although non-residents are asked not to visit at this time due to the limited services available on Catalina. Many non-essential businesses have been asked to close, including hotels, shops, and tour providers.

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 at 7:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and travel from Avalon to Long Beach at 9 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. at least until April 30. At that time the schedule may be changed. Travel from San Pedro and Dana Point was suspended as of March 23.

Catalina Passenger Services: The Catalina Flyer service from Newport Beach suspended until further notice.

IEX Helicopter Service: Enhanced cleaning procedures and offering regular service, as well as discounts for families who may want to book a helicopter just for themselves.

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.

Restaurants and bars: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has ordered all restaurants to offer take out only and all bars to close. While several local restaurants have closed until further notice, some are offering takeout service.

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

Catalina Transportation Service: The island’s taxi service will operate with a reduced schedule from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cruise ships: At this time, cruise ships are not visiting Catalina. They expect to return May 11.

Catalina Island Museum: Closed until further notice.

Catalina Island Conservancy: All Conservancy facilities and services are closed except for essential services such as the Airport runway and tower as well as the ranger program.

Catalina Island Medical Center is open and serving patients. Their website also features regularly updated information about the virus and its potential impact.

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