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08 December 2020 12:44

S ky News presenter Kay Burley has apologised for an "error of judgment" after breaking Covid-19 safety rules.

S ky News presenter Kay Burley has apologised for an "error of judgment" after breaking Covid-19 safety rules. The broadcast journalist said she was celebrating her 60th birthday at a "Covid compliant" restaurant on Saturday and afterwards "popped into another" venue to use the bathroom. The gathering was reportedly in London, which is under Tier 2 restrictions. Writing on Twitter, Burley said: "I want to apologise to you all for an error of judgment. "On Saturday night I was enjoying my 60th birthday at a Covid compliant restaurant.

Essential news, delivered daily Email Sign up Sign up Evening Standard would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contacted Read our full mailing list consent terms here {{message}} {{message}} Burley, who presents a daily breakfast show on Sky News, has grilled politicians on lockdown throughout the pandemic. In May, she quizzed cabinet minister Michael Gove on the controversy over Dominic Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle. Burley was not on air on Tuesday, and the show was instead presented by Sarah Hewson. A Sky News spokesman said: "We place the highest importance on complying with the Government guidelines on Covid, and we expect all our people to comply. "We were disappointed to learn that a small number of Sky News staff may have engaged in activity that breached the guidelines.

"Although this took place at a social event in personal time, we expect all our people to follow the rules that are in place for everyone. Kay Burley is facing an internal inquiry at Sky News having broken Covid-19 restrictions to celebrate her 60th birthday. The Sky presenter wasn't on air Tuesday morning for the news show which was instead presented by Sarah Hewson. Ms Burley went to the Century Club in Soho, London, to mark the occasion in a group of 10. This included Sky colleagues Beth Rigby, Inzamam Rashid and Sam Washington, according to reports.

In order to get around the rule-of-six Covid rules, the group sat at two tables, one of six and one of four. They then reportedly moved on to another restaurant, Folie, later in the evening. A group of four then went back to Ms Burley's own home to continue the party, according to reports. London is currently under tier 2 restrictions, meaning you can only meet people of a different household outside, unless they are within your support bubble. All of the Sky staff involved are now facing a conduct review by their "disappointed" employer, according to the Guardian, quoting a Sky News spokesperson.

Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contacted Read our full mailing list consent terms here The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contacted Read our full mailing list consent terms here The Guido Fawkes political website first reported the news on Monday evening, and Ms Burley tweeted an apology shortly after. This said: "I want to apologise to you all for an error of judgement. The Sky News journalist did not address reports that four people, including Sky News staff, returned to her house later in the evening. Ms Burley presents a daily breakfast show where she has cross questioned politicians about their lockdown movements, and any rules broken, since the pandemic began. In May, she grilled Michael Gove over Dominic Cummings' controversial lockdown visit to County Durham. During the interview she asked Mr Gove to clarify government advice for people: "struggling with Covid-19 and you think you've got a problem with your eyesight", in reference to Mr Cummings' trip north. Evening everyone I want to apologise to you all for an error of judgment. SKY NEWS Presenter Kay Burley Apologises For Breaking Covid Rules At Her 60th Birthday Bash Kay Burley explained she was celebrating her 60th birthday at a "Covid compliant" restaurant on Saturday and afterwards she "popped into another" venue to use the bathroom- her birthday party was at an area of London at present under Tier 2 restrictions. The Sky TV presenter posted on Twitter, saying, quote: "I want to apologise to you all for an error of judgment. On Saturday night I was enjoying my 60th birthday at a Covid compliant restaurant. I am embarrassed to say that later in the evening I inadvertently broke the rules. I had been waiting for a taxi at 11 pm to get home. Desperate for the loo I briefly popped into another restaurant to spend a penny. I can only apologise." Twitter users had called for her to resign over the matter, however, others have expressed confusion over her carefully worded tweet – not understanding which rule she has broken by using an establishment's bathroom. It is understood that Kay is now facing an internal inquiry at work, alongside the colleagues that allegedly attended the evening out. Thank you for taking the time to read this news article "Sky News Presenter Kay Burley Apologises For Breaking Covid Rules At Her 60th Birthday Bash". For more UK daily news, Spanish daily news and Global news stories, visit the Euro Weekly News home page.