Dad-of-13 vows to uphold Covid rules and work hospital’s Christmas nightshift

The father of the largest family in Scotland has vowed to continue working on Christmas Day and says he will not allow his family to break the strict Covid bubble rules in the run up to, and including, the festive season.

Roy Hann is the proud father of 13 children and also works on the front line as an advanced nurse practitioner at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he has seen, first hand, the devastating impact of the Covid crisis.

The hard working father is due to work overnight on December 25 and says he will not let his workplace down while many others across the UK will take advantage of the small reprieve in lockdown rules to mingle with a limited number of family members from different households.

Mr Hann lives with nine of this 13 children, while the other four grown-up children live in separate households – making the logistics of a festive gathering extra difficult.

For months, the Scottish Government has imposed stricter rules, and more tiers, than the rest of the UK as it tries abysmally to control Covid cases and deaths – which are now higher per head in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK.

The tough rules north of the border declare that Christmas bubbles will be restricted to three households, including no more than eight people – although children younger than 12 won’t be included in the head count.

The Record reports that 50-year-old Mr Hann and his family will be abiding by the rules – and are considering cancelling festive celebrations altogether.

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He told the publication: “We haven’t even decided if we’re going to do Christmas. Sometimes we think, ‘Will we just order a Chinese?’

“My wife and I haven’t been able to plan anything yet because we’ve been waiting on advice coming out on the Christmas bubbles.”

Mr Hann says the logistics of making the eight person headcount work might be more trouble than it is worth.

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He said: “At our house, we’ve got this unique ­situation where there are nine kids at home, so my family exceeds eight people and that’s just with one household.

“I have three kids under 12 so they will be OK but one of my other daughters has kids under 12, so I’m not sure how that will work.”

Mr Hann and his 51-year-old wife Emma are parents to Rachel, 29, Sophia, 27, Polly, 26, Charlotte, 24, Alice, 22, Annabelle, 20, Jennifer, 18, Isabella, 16, Jonas, 15, Enos, 12, Eva, 11, Posy, nine, and Meg, five.

The pandemic put pressure on the family as Mrs Hann was forced to close her coffee shop business for six months during restrictions.

However, he says his line of work has given him insight into the dangers of Covid – and says he is not willing to break social distance or bubble rules.

He said: “I’m working night shift on Christmas Day. I’ve worked with Covid patients in the acute setting, so I’ve seen the worst of the worst and I understand and appreciate why we’re doing what we’re doing.

“My feelings are that people should stay in their homes and skip Christmas. I know lockdown has been really difficult for people but it’s about being realistic.

“It’s not worth it for one year, for people to have to go into tighter restrictions and lockdowns for the sake of a couple of days.”

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