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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 a/nd 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, Catalina Island Medical Center Updates, Resources for Members, Re-Opening Resources, Face Coverings & PPE and Avalon Community Food Pantry. Navigate through these links  or at the bottom of the page under IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Catalina Island Coronavirus Updates

Catalina Island Medical Center COVID-19 Antigen Testing - as of 9/27/21

(Data provided is total since March 2020)

4,655 3 282

* last positive test reported 9/20/21

Latest News

9/22/21: LA Dept of Public Health Updated Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order

9/17/21: Modified LA County Public Health Order to Include Proof of Vaccination for Outdoor Mega Events and Bars, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Nightclubs and Lounges for Indoor Service.

9/15/21: Public Health to Modify Health Officer Order Adding Vaccination Verification Requirements at Select High-Risk Settings (Press Release)

Vaccine verification will also be required for customers and employees at indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, night clubs, and lounges.

On September 1, 2021, the California Department of Public Health updated the Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 Contact Tracing to state that for workplace exposures, facilities should follow the more conservative standards. For this reason, employees with workplace exposures should continue to follow the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) Return to Work. This means that they cannot return to work for at least 10 days from when they were exposed. Please see the Return to Work section of the Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for more information on the Cal/OSHA requirements.

In addition, please see updated Best Practices to Prevent COVID-19 for the following Businesses and Employers:

8/23/21: The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was modified, effective as of 11:59pm on Monday August 23. Changes to the HOO are highlighted in yellow. Brief highlights:

  • Aligns with the State Public Health Officer's August 18 Order regarding Indoor Mega Events
  • Beginning September 20, 2021 all attendees at Indoor Mega Events involving 1,000 or more persons must, prior to entry, show verification of COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 (diagnostic) test result. This is a lower attendance threshold than the previous requirement of 5,000 participants.
  • Clarifies that for all Indoor Mega Events scheduled on or after September 20, 2021, self-attestation is no longer permitted method for vaccine verification or verification of negative COVID-19 test.
  • Requires specific infection control protocols for Youth Sports effective September 1, 2021, attached to the order as Appendix S.

As a reminder, the updated HOO also requires universal masking at outdoor mega events with more than 10,000 people, except when actively eating or drinking, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Outdoor mega events are outdoor events with crowds greater than 10,000 attendees and include music or food festivals, car shows, large endurance events, marathons, parades, sporting events and concerts.

8/16/21: LA County Health Order Update

  • Requires all person at an Outdoor Mega Event to wear a face mask, except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Clarifies that "actively eating or drinking" is the limited time during which the mask can be removed briefly to eat or drink, and that it must be immediately put back on afterward.

Health Officer Order UPDATED as of July 30, 2021, brief highlights include:

  • Incorporates by reference, the July 26, 2021 State Public Health Officer Order that mandates specific public health requirements regarding worker vaccine status, respirators or masks, and testing requirements for Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care settings, High-Risk Congregate Settings and Other Health Care Settings.
  • Reiterates that because the County is currently experiencing high rates of COVID-19 community transmission, all persons, in indoor public and business settings, must wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.

7/16/21:  L.A. County Community Transmission of COVID-19 Increases from Moderate to Substantial; Reinstating Masking Indoors for Everyone

Community transmission of COVID-19 has rapidly increased from Moderate to Substantial, based on the trend in daily new cases of COVID-19. The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order has been modified to require masking for everyone while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as Los Angeles County sees more than a seven-times increase in new cases since the June 15 reopening. Wearing a mask when indoors reduces the risk of both getting and transmitting the virus. This additional layer of protection can help to slow the spread and does not limit business occupancy and operations.

The L.A. County indoor masking requirements for everyone will be effective, Saturday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. Some exceptions will apply, similar to masking requirements that were in place prior to the June 15 reopening. The modified Health Officer Order has been posted online and will become effective at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.

Highlights of the Order include the following:

  • Requirements to wear face masks by all persons regardless of vaccination status for indoor public settings and businesses
  • Urges everyone to continue to exercise caution and good judgement to protect against community transmission

Face Masks:

  • Aligned with CDC requirements

Required for everyone in the following settings:

  • On public transit
  • In transportation hubs
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings
  • Healthcare settings
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
  • All indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and businesses
  • Individuals, businesses, venue operators, and hosts of public indoor settings must post clear, easy to read signage communicating masking requirements for all patrons

On June 15, the day of the full reopening, the County saw 210 new cases and yesterday the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed the highest number of new COVID-19 cases since mid-March with 1,902 new cases. The current test positivity rate is 3.8%; on June 15, the test positivity rate was around 0.5%

According to Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer, “We expect to keep masking requirements in place until we begin to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19."

Read latest LA County DPH media release

6/15/21: California is Open for business.


Los Angeles County has posted an updated Best Practice Guidance and updated Signage on 6/18/2021. Please review them here

As a reminder, EVERYONE, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask:

  • On planes, trains, buses, ferries, taxis and ride-shares, and all other forms of public transport,
  • In transportation hubs like airports, bus terminals, train stations, marinas, seaports or other ports, subway stations, or any other area that provides transportation,
  • Healthcare settings,
  • Shelters and cooling centers,
  • Indoors at any youth-serving facility (such as K-12 schools, childcare, day camps, etc.), AND
  • ANY business or government office serving the public that requires everyone to wear a mask.

In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must also wear a mask in indoor public settings and businesses, for example:

  • Movie theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Spaces
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Mega-events
  • Meetings
  • Government offices serving the public

The above indoor public settings and businesses may continue to require masks for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, if they are unable to verify the vaccination status of customers. Signage has been created to support this.

Signage (translation is pending)

  • Indoors - Masks required for everyone English
  • Indoors - Masks required for people who are not fully vaccinated English
  • Outdoors - Masks recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated English
  • Steps for handwashing English Spanish
  • Stay away if you are sick English/Spanish
  • Prevent outbreaks in the workplace English

Please visit for all the information you need to Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, & Get Vaccinated. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to protect the health and well-being of Los Angeles County residents.

6/3/21: The Health Officer Order Blueprint for a Safer Economy – Yellow Tier Risk Reduction Measures was recently updated.  Changes are highlighted in yellow: Revised to permit the operation of Overnight Organized/Children’s Camps in compliance with the requirements of Appendix K-1.  Owners and operators must give prior notice of intended operation to County Environmental Health to allow sufficient time for an inspection of the premises before reopening.

5/17/21: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts read

5/14/21: California Roars Back: Governor Newsom Presents $100 Billion California Comeback Plan read

5/13/21: Governor Newsom Proposes $95 Million for Travel and Hospitality Industry to Promote California as a Travel Destination read

5/11/21 - Guidance for Information Social Gatherings: Appendix CC

5/6/21 - Protocol for Restaurants: Appendix I

5/6/21 - The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was updated yesterday to reflect newly permitted activities allowed in the yellow tier, beginning Thursday, May 6 at 12:01 a.m. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for some sectors.

The modifications to the Health Officer Order include the following:

  • Amusement/Theme Parks/Fairs can increase capacity to 35%. Fully vaccinated out of state visitors are permitted.
  • Bars that do not provide meals can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Masking always required, except when eating or drinking; drinking and eating only while seated. Tables must be at least 6 feet apart and no counter seating/service. Maximum of 6 people from one household per table; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 6 people can sit together from up to 6 different households. TV viewing is permitted. No live entertainment permitted indoors. Outdoors tables can have a maximum 8 persons per table from up to 3 different households; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 8 people sit together from up to 8 different households. Live entertainment and TV viewing permitted outdoors. No counter seating/service.
  • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can increase indoors capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer. No live entertainment permitted indoors. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas.
  • Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity with continued safety modifications. There must be 6 feet distancing between tables. Maximum of 6 people from one household per table; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 6 people can sit together from up to 6 different households.
  • Cardrooms/Racetracks/Satellite Wagering Facilities can operate indoors at 50% capacity. There must be 6-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned at the tables.
  • Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 50% capacity. Masks are always required unless swimming.
  • Movie Theatres can operate at 50% capacity. Reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance between any other groups (in all directions); capacity is limited to ensure that there is at least 6 feet of distance between groups. Seating sections can be established for fully vaccinated people without 6 feet distancing requirements provided there is 3 feet of distance between these sections and other seats in the theatre. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
  • Family Entertainment Centers can operate at 50% capacity, 75% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. Masks are required.
  • Grocery and Retail Stores capacity remains limited to 75% with continued requirement for distancing of at least 6 feet between customers.
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can operate at 75% capacity with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 mask or a face covering with a face shield.
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 75% capacity with safety modifications.
  • Waterparks can operate at 40% capacity with safety modifications.
  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports and Community Sporting Events can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals. Indoor moderate and high contact sports are permitted following Collegiate Sports Protocols, which includes regular testing.
  • Live Event and Performance Indoor venues up to 1,500 guests can operate at a maximum of 25% capacity or 50% if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. Venues with 1,501 guests and above can operate at 10% capacity of 2,000 people; whichever is fewer or 50% capacity for tested or fully vaccinated guests.
  • Live Event and Performance Outdoor venues can expand to 67% capacity with safety modifications.

4/30/21Health Officer Order (HOO): Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community For Control of COVID-19

  • Protocol for Social Distancing: Appendix A Effective as of 12:01am on Friday, April 30, 2021
  • Cleaning requirements have been updated to reflect updated CDC cleaning guidance. • Includes updated language related to screening of fully vaccinated employees. • Updated paid sick language. • Allows onsite food and drink consumption in designated dining areas with safety modifications.

4/17/21 - Updated reopening protocols for Restaurants 

  • Allow Restaurants to have live outdoor entertainment.  Restaurants can host Private Events in compliance with the County Public Health Protocol for Private Events provided that the private event may not occur when the Restaurant is operating for regular business.
  • Allow employees who are fully vaccinated to elect to not wear a face shield, provided that they show acceptable proof of full vaccination to their employer. Face mask requirements for fully vaccinated employees remain in effect.
  • Updated guidance for distancing between customer groups to align with State distancing guidance. This protocol and other pertinent information can be found on the Los Angeles County COVID-19 webpage.

4/6/21 - California aims to fully reopen June 15. Read more.

4/5/2021 LA County Officially Moves to the Orange Tier, Travel Advisory Updates and Confronting COVID-19 - LA County's Mobilization in Pictures. View Release

4/5/2021 L.A. County Protocols for Limited Services. View here.

4/2/2021 L.A. County Restaurants increase indoor dining occupancy to 50% of capacity. View here.

3/30/21 L.A. County Qualifies for Orange Tier Threshold
Additional Re-Openings with Safety Measures Set for Monday 4/5/21; Vaccination Eligibility to Expand 26 New Deaths and 386 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. View release with details.

Public Health made additional modifications to the Health Officer Order.
The revised Order was issued on March 19, and took effect on March 20, with the following changes:

  • Breweries, Wineries and Craft Distilleries that do not provide a meal may open for outdoor service only with certain restrictions, including:
  • All guests must have reservations;
  • Guests are limited to a 90-minute time limit for their visit;
  • Guests must be seated at tables before they place their order, and are not permitted to stand or congregate with others;
  • And hours are limited with service for on-site consumption closing by 8:00 pm.
  • Breweries, Wineries, and Craft Distilleries that serve a bona fide meal can be open for indoor dining operations at 25% of indoor capacity and must follow the same modifications required of restaurants.
  • Clarity for certain types of businesses that serve the public but are not typical retail establishments, such as non-school learning centers, bank and credit union branches, check cashing services, tax preparation, auto repair, auto dealerships, and dry cleaners. These types of limited services businesses are now permitted for indoor operations with modifications at 50% capacity.
  • For mental health, support groups, and spiritual counseling, the number of in-person participants increases from 10 to 12 participants to make this type of support more accessible to those in the community. Public Health still encourages services to be provided remotely when at all possible.
  • For office-based worksites, businesses that must open indoors for essential operations that cannot be done remotely must also limit indoor capacity to 50% of maximum occupancy.
  • For youth and adult recreational sports, the County is aligning with State to allow for indoor sports to engage in indoor activities, including training, conditioning, contact practice and competition if they adhere to State requirements.
  • Limiting any indoor sports activities to 10% of indoor occupancy; observers are not permitted for any youth or adult indoor sports activities, including competitions;
  • Regular testing of players, coaches, and staff;
  • Development and implementation of a Return to Play Safety Plan and a Site-Specific Safety Plan. Plans must be filed with Public Health 14-days prior to indoor activity.

Businesses and sectors must follow all safety measures and protocols. The updated protocols can be found online at

Public Health is updating the Protocols for grades K through 12 schools to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health on the required distancing in schools, with additional recommendations. Schools are strongly recommended to maximize distance between student seating maintaining 3 feet minimum distance at all times. It is important that schools implement critical mitigation layers including required masking, stable groups, and maintaining 6 feet of distance as much as possible during activities where students are not wearing masks, such as eating and drinking. There continues to be a requirement of a minimum of 6 feet of distance between teachers and other desks from students and other staff.

Read 3/22/21 media release.

Health Order Safer at Work Update March 12, 2021

Health Order Reopening Restaurants Update March 12, 2021

The modifications to the Health Officer Order include the following:

  • Museum, Zoos and Aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Yoga and Dance Studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
  • Movie Theatres can open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
  • Retail and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
  • Restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under the following conditions: 8 feet distancing between tables; one household per table with a limit of 6 people; the HVAC system is in good working order and has been evaluated, and to the maximum extent possible ventilation has been increased. Public Health strongly recommends that all restaurant employees interacting with customers indoors are provided with additional masking protection (above the currently required face shield over face masks); this can be fit tested N95 masks, KN95 masks, or double masks and a face shield. In addition, Public Health strongly recommends that all employees working indoors are informed about and offered opportunities to be vaccinated. Outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from 3 different households.
  • Indoor Shopping Malls can increase capacity to 50% with common areas remaining closed; food courts can open at 25% capacity adhering to the restaurant guidance for indoor dining.
  • Institutes of Higher Education can re-open all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
  • Schools are permitted to re-open for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.
  • Private gatherings can occur indoors with up to 3 separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times. People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing.

Businesses must implement all the requirements in the sector specific Public Health protocols. It is critical that directives and infection protocols are followed to minimize COVID-19 spread as much as possible.

3/9/21: Governor Newsom Delivers State of the State Address

  • State Vaccine Updates & Data: Find out more about the State's vaccine plan, updates and progress dashboard.
  • The Safe Schools for All Hub Reopening Maps

2/17/21: Governor Newsom, Legislative Leaders Announce Immediate Action Agreement for Relief to Californians Experiencing Pandemic Hardship

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

Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy Tier 1 Surge Response

  • 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.

Link to Revised 1/29/21 Health Officer Order: PDF or online. All changes and updates from the previous order are highlighted in yellow.

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/Aquariums
  • 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.

1/25/21: Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19

1/11/21: Travel Information from the State of California

1/6/21: Governor Newsom Announces Golden State Stimulus

1/6/21: State officials announce latest COVID-19 facts

City of Avalon

3/24/21: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)

3/17/21: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link - with Community Services Director Dan Huncke)

3/16/21: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)

3/10/21: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)

3/2/21: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)

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

Reopening Resources

The California Department of Public Health

COVID-19 flowchart

California Department of Public COVID-19 Updates

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