Infected Sydney man’s son charged over trip to Byron Bay

The teenage son of a COVID-infected Sydney man who travelled to Byron Bay, plunging the region into lockdown, has now also been charged over the trip.

The 19-year-old, who has also tested positive to the virus, was issued with a Court Attendance Notice by police just before 4.30pm yesterday for breaching the state’s public health order.

He’s due to appear in Byron Bay Local Court next month on four offences, including fail to comply with noticed direction, two counts of fail to comply with electronic registration directive and not wear fitted face-covering in public transport/taxi.


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“Police will allege the 19-year-old Rose Bay man travelled from Sydney to the Byron Bay area in the company of the 52-year-old Rose Bay man,” NSW Police said.

Officers first launched an investigation into the family after receiving reports a man and family members had travelled to Northern NSW in late July.

The 52-year-old man has already been charged in relation to breaching the Public Health Order and will front Lismore Local Court on September 13.

The 19-year-old will appear in Byron Bay Local Court on Monday 27 September.

The pair, along with the man’s second son, remain in Lismore Hospital recovering from the virus.

Police say inquiries are ongoing.