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Triple M radio host Lawrence Mooney fined $1000 for Covid lockdown breach

‘Very embarrassed’: Triple M radio host Lawrence Mooney fined $1000 for Covid breach after taking Byron Bay holiday – after claiming he didn’t know lockdown orders applied to him

Lawrence Mooney has apologised after being slapped with a $1000 fine for breaching Covid-19 restrictions in NSW

The star of Triple M radio show Moonman In The Morning copped the penalty after spending two weeks on holiday in Byron Bay.

According to The Daily Telegraph, officers from the Southern Highlands Police District spoke to the comedian on Friday and ascertained that he had travelled to Byron Bay on July 2nd. 

Fined: Lawrence Mooney (pictured) has apologised after being slapped with a $1000 fine for breaching Covid-19 restrictions in NSW

A police statement provided to the paper read: ‘The man has been issued with a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) for breaching the stay at home direction’. 

Lawrence said in an apology on Thursday that he did not realise that the restrictions applied to him.

The radio star lives in the Southern Highlands, and works in the Sydney CBD, and claims he did not realise this prevented him from travelling to Byron Bay.   

Holiday: Officers from the Southern Highlands Police District spoke to the comedian on Friday and ascertained that he had travelled to Byron Bay on July 2nd. A police statement provided to read: 'The man has been issued with a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) for breaching the stay at home direction'

Holiday: Officers from the Southern Highlands Police District spoke to the comedian on Friday and ascertained that he had travelled to Byron Bay on July 2nd. A police statement provided to read: ‘The man has been issued with a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) for breaching the stay at home direction’

‘I live in a green zone (the Southern Highlands) and am permitted to travel to Sydney for work as an essential service worker,’ he told the paper. 

‘I travelled directly between home and work. I mistakenly believed because my home is in a green zone and Byron Bay is in a green zone I could travel there. I also had a Covid test before I departed.’

On Thursday, Lawrence said he was ‘very embarrassed’ by his, ‘misunderstanding and stuff up’.  

Holiday: During his getaway to Bryon Bay, the radio host shared several social media images documenting his relaxed escape. His activities included a spot of horse riding

Holiday: During his getaway to Bryon Bay, the radio host shared several social media images documenting his relaxed escape. His activities included a spot of horse riding

‘I feel like an absolute goose for not realising I wasn’t permitted to travel to Byron Bay during my break,’ he added.  

According to Heath NSW, because Lawrence works in Sydney, he is not permitted to travel and stay at home orders do apply to him. 

‘If you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas, you must stay at home — unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave or you haven’t been in Greater Sydney in the last 14 days,’ the advice reads.   

Out and about: He enjoyed a catch up with fellow comedian Jimeoin at the Hotel Brunswick

Out and about: He enjoyed a catch up with fellow comedian Jimeoin at the Hotel Brunswick

During his getaway to Bryon Bay, the radio host shared several social media images documenting his relaxed escape. 

His activities included a spot of horse riding, as well as a catch up with fellow comedian Jimeoin at the Hotel Brunswick.

Additionally, he had shared a photo which showed him cuddled up in bed, likely at a hotel or rental property.  

Error: 'I live in a green zone (the Southern Highlands) and am permitted to travel to Sydney for work as an essential service worker,' he said. 'I travelled directly between home and work. I mistakenly believed because my home is in a green zone and Byron Bay is in a green zone I could travel there.' Pictured on holiday

Error: ‘I live in a green zone (the Southern Highlands) and am permitted to travel to Sydney for work as an essential service worker,’ he said. ‘I travelled directly between home and work. I mistakenly believed because my home is in a green zone and Byron Bay is in a green zone I could travel there.’ Pictured on holiday 

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