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

on March 18, 2020

Updated 9/18/2020 1:15 p.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 are welcome to return to Catalina Island, however everyone is required to wear a mask — with a $100 fine for non-compliance — when social distancing is not an option.

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, Dana Point and San Pedro. Please note that all passengers must wear a mask in the terminals and on board the boat.

Catalina Passenger Services: The Catalina Flyer service from Newport Beach is now available. Masks are required on board and while waiting to board.

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.

Restaurants and bars: Several restaurants and bars have re-opened with outdoor seating; restaurant reservations are highly recommended. Many restaurants that are open are also offering take-out. Some restaurants have added service on the beach to increase capacity.

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 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Passengers are asked to wear a mask.

Cruise ships: At this time, cruise ships are not visiting Catalina. Visits are not expected to resume in 2020.

Catalina Island Museum: The Catalina Island Museum is currently closed, although 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 throughout the island. The observation deck is accessible and Toyon Grill is serving food and drink on its outdoor patio.

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.

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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