Kay Burley has been spotted heading on holiday after being suspended from Sky News for breaking tier two restrictions.
In pictures obtained by the Daily Mail, the journalist was seen at Heathrow Airport wearing a navy blue coat, a pale pink jumper and blue trousers.
Kay wore a zebra-print face mask as she strolled through the airport pulling her suitcase.
According to the publication the TV reporter is jetting off to Richard Branson’s Game Reserve in South Africa.
It comes after Kay apologised for flouting tier two restrictions last weekend following her 60th birthday celebrations. The presenter has now agreed to take six months off Sky news.
Correspondents Beth Rigby and Inzamam Rashid, who also attended the bash, have also agreed to take three months off air.
Kay explained how she had dinner at a ‘Covid compliant restaurant’ before popping into a second restaurant to use the bathroom.
However Guido Fawkes reported that the journalist first marked the occasion at Century Club in Soho with a group of 10 that included three of her Sky colleagues. Kay’s party sat at two tables before going on to a nearby restaurant.
It’s also claimed a smaller group of four then returned to her home to continue the celebrations.
Issuing a statement about her suspension, Kay said: ‘I have today agreed with Sky News to step back from my broadcasting role for a period of reflection.
‘It’s clear to me that we are all in the fight against Covid-19 and that we all have a duty to stick firmly by the rules.
‘It doesn’t matter that I thought I was Covid-compliant on a recent social event. The fact is I was wrong, I made a big mistake, and I am sorry.’
The 59-year-old, who turns 60 on December 17, continued: ‘Some dear friends and colleagues – some of the most talented and committed professionals in our business – have been pulled into this episode and I regret this enormously.
‘I was one of the founding presenters on Sky News. No one is prouder of our channel’s reputation, the professionals on our team, and the impact we make.
‘I very much look forward to being able to continue my 32-year career with Sky when I return.’
Sky News also released a statement about Kay and her colleagues breaking the rules.
‘A small number of Sky News staff attended a social event in London on Saturday evening during which Covid-19 guidelines were breached,’ a spokesperson said in a statement.
‘As a result of an internal review Sky News presenter Kay Burley has agreed to be off air for six months, and political editor Beth Rigby and correspondent Inzamam Rashid have agreed to be off air for three months.
‘All those involved regret the incident and have apologised. Everyone at Sky News is expected to comply with the rules and the company takes breaches like this very seriously indeed.’