The City of Avalon is working with Los Angeles County and the State of California to while following all state and local directives. We've put together resources for Catalina Island residents, businesses and visitors. On this page you'll find the Latest News on the pandemic from the City of Avalon, LA County, the State of CA and the Federal Government.
Other resources included in this Catalina Island Public Health site include What's Open on the island, Open Services and Retail, Open Restaurants, Catalina Express Information, Catalina Island Medical Center Updates, Resources for Members, Re-Opening Resources, Face Coverings & PPE and Avalon Community Food Pantry. Navigate through these links, at the top of the page under COVID-19 RESOURCES or at the bottom of the page under IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
Catalina Island Coronavirus Updates
Catalina Island Medical Center COVID-19 Antigen Testing - as of 2/26/21
(Data provided is total since March 2020)
This package of immediate actions will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship from the COVID-19 Recession read article
- Revised order issued Tuesday, 2/10/21
- The revised order was updated as follows: In light of the recent US Supreme Court decision and the subsequent change made by the state related to Places of Worship in Tier 1, Places of Worship can open for indoor services limited to 25% of indoor capacity and must continue to comply with the required modifications provided by Appendix A (Social Distancing).
Please check for updated Appendices posted online here. Many Health Officer Order appendices and protocols have been updated in the past week or so.
Travel Advisory & Guidance updated 2/3/21
1/29/21: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a revised Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19 Health Officer Order effective Friday, January 29, 2021. The revised order was updated to reopen some additional businesses (including outdoor dining) with updated protocols and to remove the closure of lower-risk retail businesses between the hours of 10pm and 5am PST.
The following Appendices also have been updated and posted online here.
- Appendix B: Retail Stores Opening for In-Person Shopping
- Appendix B-1: Grocery Stores/Retail Food Markets
- Appendix E: Shopping Centers
- Appendix I: Restaurants/Breweries/Wineries
- Appendix M: Museums/Galleries/Zoos/
- Appendix O: Campgrounds/RV Parks/Cabin Rentals
- Appendix P: Hotels/Lodging/Short-Term Rentals
- Appendix Q: Cardrooms
- Appendix R: Personal Care Establishments
- Appendix V: Mini Golf/Batting Cages/Go Cart Racing
Please visit the LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 page for additional information.
12/31/20: Los Angeles County Health Officer Order (HOO), Revised Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19
12/30/20: Los Angeles County Health, Appendix W: Mandatory Directive on Travel
Los Angeles County Health Officer Order (HOO), Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19: Tier 1 Substantial Surge Response and the Protocol for Places of Worship: Appendix F, dated December 19, 2020
12/17/20: Updated LA County Health Orders
- Quarantine Order (blanket) http://publichealth.lacounty.
gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/ HOO/HOO_Coronavirus_Blanket_ Quarantine.pdf
- Quarantine Instructions: http://publichealth.lacounty.
- Isolation Order: http://publichealth.lacounty.
gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/ HOO/HOO_Coronavirus_Blanket_ Isolation.pdf
- Isolation Instructions: http://publichealth.lacounty.
12/16/20: L.A. County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update (PDF)
12/16/20: L.A. County COVID-19 Virtual Press Briefing (video link)
12/7/20 - LA County News Release - Public Health Officials Urge Full Compliance with Straight-Forward Safety Measures to Slow the Surge
12/3/20 - State of CA Dept of Public Health - Regional Stay at Home Order (Imposed if regional ICU capacity falls below 15%.)
The new temporary order aims to reduce the risk of transmission by:
- Asking individuals to remain in their homes and with their immediate households as much as possible;
- Reducing mingling with others not in your household;
- Requiring everyone to wear a face covering whenever they are engaging in activities outside their homes where they are, or can be, in contact with others not in their households;
- Reducing capacity at sites where non-household members mingle to avoid crowding.
All public and private gatherings and events with individuals not from the same household are prohibited, except for faith-based services and protests. Residents are still permitted to travel to and from essential businesses, work or provide services to a healthcare operation or essential business; residents may also engage in essential activities, or participate in permitted individual or household outdoor and indoor activities while practicing required distancing, infection control and masking. Restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries remain closed for in-person dining and drinking. They are permitted to remain open for pick-up, delivery, and take-out and breweries and wineries may remain open for retail sales at 20% occupancy.
11/23/20 - Revised LA County Public Health Order
11/22/20 - Public Health to Modify Health Officer Order to Restrict Dining at Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries and Bars Amid Surge in Cases 5-Day Average of New Cases is 4,097.
To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru, and delivery services. Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations adhering to current protocols. In person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next 3 weeks. The modified order will take effect Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m. Read LA County Public Health News Release.
On Friday 11/20, the following will go into effect:
- Private outdoor gatherings may only include 15 people who are from no more than 3 households, including the host household.
- The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity. Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This is not a curfew, but rather restrictions on operating hours. As permitted to operate, businesses can still offer pick-up and delivery services outside of these hours.
- The number of customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
- Non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors - including retail stores, offices, personal care services - will be limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy allowed.
- Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
- Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
- Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
A wide range of data and dashboards on COVID-19 from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are available on the Public Health website at publichealth.lacounty.gov.
- Child Care Alliance Los Angeles: Child care funding (until 12/30), eligibility & application
- COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate Program: Voluntary, no-cost online training
- Funding Resources for Small Businesses: Click here to view an updated list
- What's Open in LA County: View updated document as of 10/26/20 here.
- Free PPE for LA County Small Businesses: Sign up at PPEUnite.org
- LA County & LAEDC Launch "Safer at Work LA": Click here for more info
City of Avalon
2/17/21: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
2/16/21: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
2/10/21: Minutes with the Mayor Update (Facebook video link)
2/2/21: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
1/27/21: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
1/19/21: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
1/6/21: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
1/5/21: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
12/30/20: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
12/29/20: Special Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
12/16/20: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
12/15/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
12/2/20: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
12/1/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
CIMC's Dr. Daniel Davis presents COVID-19 updates and the status of public health on Catalina Island.
11/18/20: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
11/10/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
11/4/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
10/21/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
10/20/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
8/4/20 - Avalon City Council gave direction to the LA County Sheriff to begin strict enforcement of mask covering mandate. Citations will be issued for failure to properly wear a face covering while in public areas with within 6 feet of others. The citation will result in a $100 fine for non-compliance.
Los Angeles County
- LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Cases (updated daily)
- COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard (link to interactive dashboard that provides an overview on COVID-19 testing, cases and deaths along with maps and graphs showing testing, cases and death data by community poverty level, age, sex and race/ethnicity)
- Antibody Testing FAQ's
- View our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, and get tips on Best Practices, Do's and Don'ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit - with multi-lingual graphics and messages.
The California Department of Public Health
City of Avalon & Avalon City Council
The Avalon City Council takes the health, safety, and public welfare of our community as our first and most important priority. The City of Avalon has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are in contact with local, state, and national health agencies regularly.
There will be continuous updates on the City website (www.cityofavalon.com) regarding the situation. We will continue to pay close attention to this developing epidemic. We ask the community for your help.
City of Avalon Coronavirus Updates (link to City website)
Additional information about the coronavirus can be found here:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Department of Public Health
- U.S. Travel Association
- Federal Guidance for COVID-19 Preparedness Response and Mitigation Efforts (PDF)
- A list of guidance provided by the Federal government to help State, local, tribal elected and appointed leaders, business and community leaders, and American citizens effectively respond to COVID-19. This content has previously been communicated by Federal intergovernmental affairs team members to relevant stakeholders and is categorized below by issuing Department/agency. Although extensive, this is not a comprehensive list, but rather a catalogue of guidance and information most relevant to State, local, and tribal leaders.
- The CDC updated the following guidance on their website:
- Resources to support people experiencing homelessness:
community/homeless-shelters/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/ https://www.cdc.gov/
- Resources for Businesses and Employers: https://www.cdc.gov/
coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/organizations/ businesses-employers.html
- Resources to support people experiencing homelessness: