Public Health

We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Catalina Island. We've put together information on what you need to know when traveling to Catalina Island as it pertains to Public Health and the COVID-19 pandemic. Catalina Island is a part of Los Angeles County, in the state of California, and we follow all mandates as set forth by the City of Avalon, Los Angeles County, State of California and Federal Government. 



The State of California Department of Public Health has instituted a statewide indoor mask mandate effective from December 15, 2021 through February 15, 2022. Los Angeles County also has an indoor mask mandate which will stay in effect after the State of California's mandate expires. 

Due to the high transmission rate of the new Omicron variant, a N95 mask is recommended by Los Angeles County Pubic Health Department.


Federal regulations requires masking on public transportation, this includes the Catalina Express, the Catalina Flyer, IEX Helicopters and our Avalon City Bus.

Tours & Activities

Tour and transportation providers including taxis and shuttles may ask riders to use a mask or face covering.


There are no mandates in place requiring vaccinations to travel between the mainland and Catalina Island.

As per the County of Los Angeles, vaccinations are required to be shown when visiting a bar. Bars are defined as establishments that primarily serve alcohol and no food. In Avalon, we have three "bars."


Per the County of Los Angeles, as of December 16, 2021, all persons attending an Indoor or Outdoor Mega Event, who cannot provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, must present proof of a pre-entry negative COVID-19 test result from either an antigen test within one day or a PCR test conducted two days prior to entry. Mega Events include indoor events with more than 500 attendees and outdoor events with more than 5,000 attendees. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result may be required by individual event organizers, at their discretion, for indoor events smaller than 500 attendees.

What's Open

Everything is open on Catalina Island. We do not have any business closures that are related to the pandemic. Visit our Current Hours page to find out about hours and seasonal closures.

Your Health

Self Assessment

We ask that you do a self symptom check before traveling to Catalina Island. If you feel ill or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, plus postpone your travel until you are well.

Medical Care & Testing

Should the need arise for COVID testing while on island, Leo's Drugstore offers at-home rapid self testing kits. Catalina Island Medical Center offers COVID testing in their clinic. Please contact CIMC for more information on testing and hours. 

For more detailed information on regulations, mandates and more, visit our COVID-19 microsite.

Updated 1/7/22