When it’s both your livelihood and your passion to welcome people with open arms to the wonderful world you live in, it’s heartbreaking to ask people not to come visit. But that’s where we are.
Of all the things that make Catalina Island magical – the rich history, the spectacular scenery and, of course, the delicious culinary scene – it’s the people that create the culture and the community. It’s that community that we’re protecting by taking the dramatic action of asking visitors not to visit.
COVID-19 is an unprecedented global threat, but it also poses a unique threat to those on Catalina Island. Our hospital has only about a dozen beds. An outbreak here would quickly overwhelm our medical services, leaving us at the mercy of this viral menace. Because of this, officials from the City of Avalon, the Catalina Island Conservancy, the Catalina Island Company and the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau have taken the bold step of not only asking non-essential businesses to close, but actively discouraging travel to the island.
As those of you who have taken our Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour are aware, the last time this happened was during World War II, when the island was closed to non-residents and various branches of the military moved in. Perhaps COVID-19 will be our generation’s WWII. If so, we hope that the can-do spirit of the Greatest Generation inspires us all to be resilient, innovative and, above all, kind to each other.
We hope that we’ll be welcoming you back to the island very soon, but in the meanwhile, there are several ways to stay in touch with Catalina.
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