Travel Information and Flexible Cancellations - March 30, 2020

Travel Information and Flexible Cancellations - March 30, 2020

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Important Information for the Boating Community

Updated March 31, 2020

To our mooring sub-lessees, transient boaters and yacht club friends:

We know how much you love Catalina Island, but in this challenging time, we are asking anyone who is not a primary resident of Two Harbors or the west end NOT to visit for the time being. The healthcare facilities on Catalina lack the capacity to handle a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. This is even more challenging for the small, remote community of Two Harbors.

Health and government officials are recommending social distancing, and while Catalina might seem like the perfect place for that, the reality is that visiting us right now risks lives. Additionally, services across all of Catalina are extremely limited. Specifically, in the Two Harbors area, Banning House Lodge & Villas, Harbor Reef Restaurant, all campgrounds and other public spaces are temporarily closed due to State and County-mandated orders. Furthermore, Catalina Express will not provide boat service to or from Two Harbors after Sunday, March 22.

Catalina Island Company is following Governor Gavin Newsom’s Stay at Home Order by: 

  • Notifying existing mooring lessees and yacht clubs not to visit the island or utilize moorings
  • Strongly discouraging individuals currently moored from coming ashore
  • Recommending that boats seeking transient moorings return to the mainland

Effective March 31, 2020, the Harbor Patrol will not be assigning moorings. (Please note that the Avalon Harbor Patrol has also closed its harbor to non-resident boaters.) All beaches are also closed.

Additionally, due to the Stay at Home Order, there are limited Dive Services available to assist boaters in emergency situations.

This is a difficult message to send, but we are asking that you respect our community and our request to stay home for now. We’ll all be able to enjoy the island again sooner rather than later if we all pull together and do the right things during this health crisis.

For additional information, visit the following websites:

VisitCatalinaIsland.com/update/

CatalinaChamber.com/community-information/public-health

CatalinaConservancy.org

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Sincerely,

Randall L. Herrel, Sr.

President and CEO, Catalina Island Company