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Catalina Island, including the city of Avalon, are a part of Los Angeles County, as such we follow the LA County guidelines.

You are part of the Catalina community: Do your part to keep our island safe!

Avalon is an island community with just under 4,000 residents in less then 3 square miles. During summer time we see our population triple.

Date (as of) Number of positive antigen tests on Catalina (From CIMC)
December 21, 2020 99
December 15, 2020 95
December 14, 2020 91
December 12, 2020 82
December 9, 2020 73
December 8, 2020 67
December 7, 2020 57
December 4, 2020 53
December 3, 2020 46
December 2, 2020 43
November 27, 2020 37
October 2, 2020 29
September 1, 2020 28
August 18, 2020 24
August 12, 2020 21
August 8, 2020 19
August 5, 2020 16
August 4, 2020 15
July 12, 2020 10
July 6, 2020 9
June 29, 2020 8
June 28, 2020 6
June 25, 2020 4
June 15, 2020 3
April 3, 2020 1
March 27, 2020 0

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Where are Face Coverings Required in Avalon?

  • The short answer: anywhere in public, when you are in proximity of people outside your immediate family whom you have been practicing Safer at Home with.

    Starting June 18, everyone in California must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Please see the guidance and limited exceptions here

    Face coverings are required all the time in the Cabrillo Mole terminal area. On the boat, up the gangway ramps, queuing in line and talking to or from the boat you must keep your mask on in this area.

    Face coverings are required in public spaces when other people are present. If you are the only one walking along Pebbly Beach Road towards Lover's Cove, for example, and no one is around a covering is not required to be worn. However, as soon as someone else is in close proximity put your face covering back on.

    High traffic areas, such as Front Street, sidewalks, the Casino Way, and even walking through the residential areas, we ask that you wear you face covering. As many people walk throughout town, it is expected that your mask will be on when you see other people.
    LA County Sheriff and Code Enforcement have been directed to issue Administrative Citations for people in public not wearing face coverings.
    And remember to wash your hands and practice social distancing. 

    View more resources on Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Catalina Chamber

    More resources from LA County Department of Public Health
    -Face covering Infographic English
    -Face covering Infographic Español
    Face covering Infographic traditional Chinese 繁體中文

Can I get a ticket for not wearing a face covering?

  • Yes. Per County, State and CDC guidelines, face coverings are a critical part to contain COVID-19. 
    In accordance with Avalon Municipal Code Section 1-9 Administrative Citations, an escalating fine can be imposed for failure to comply. 

    It is not the goal to issue citations, rather to help keep our tiny island community safe for all. You may even see people handing out locally made pins which say Thank You for Wearing a Mask. Your small efforts make a big difference in our ability to keep Avalon open for your enjoyment and our livelihood. Thank you for your cooperation. 

When is Social Distancing Required in Avalon?

  • In public spaces. Anytime you are around people not in your immediate family please practice Social Distancing. 

    In stores. When shopping please observe Social Distancing, as well as Face Coverings. This includes queuing to go inside if capacity in the store is reached.

    On the beach. The beach is open for active use. Please be aware of others using the beach and practice Social Distancing. 

    Please review the LA County Department of Public Health guidance on Social Distancing available in English and Spanish

How often should I wash my hands?

  • Frequently! Wash your hands especially after touching foreign surfaces, including benches, hand rails, door knobs, etc. Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands.

    The public restrooms are cleaned following CDC guidelines on a more frequent schedule. Please help keep the restrooms clean. 

What do I need to do to go shopping or eat at restaurants?

  • Retail shops and restaurants are all required to follow the statewide industry guidance to reduce risk as well as the LA County Protocols for Reopening. As a patron you are responsible for following the guidelines carried out by each business. This includes, but not limited to, wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing. The city and businesses are subject to the Regional Stay Home Order. You can find a list of what is open at (Please note, this is an evolving situations and information listed may not reflect the latest changes. Please be patient, and we appreciate your cooperation).

View the latest guidelines on Face Coverings from LA County Department of Public Health

Wearing is Caring