Barber quits after 68 years due to virus concern

Luigi Pinzo has been cutting hair since the 1950s.

He’s seen Italy go through recessions and political assassinations.

But it took the coronavirus to force the 80-year-old barber to hang up his scissors.

"The decision to leave is mainly because there is less work because these days everyone is at home and I am working a lot less. Then, the health situation has made me fearful given my age, so I'd prefer to retire."

Pinzo first started working in hairdressers when he was just 12 years old.

By 1977, he opened his own barbershop in a well-to-do neighborhood in Rome.

Italian Business association Confcommercio estimates that up to 40% of shops in the country’s capital have been forced to close because of the pandemic.

Pinzo's small establishment - called "Luigi" - welcomed its final client on Oct. 31.

"Everyone is just as affectionate with me as I am with them, so they will suffer from the closure. I've gotten many well-wishes these days from people who have been very sad, one of them even cried. So, part of me feels proud of what I have given them with my job."