In nearly seven decades in the barber business, Luigi Pinzo has seen Italy go through some bad times, from myriad recessions to political assassinations, but it took the coronavirus to force him to hang up his scissors. Pinzo is 80. He first starting working in a hairdressers when he was 12, sweeping the floors and brushing down clients’ jackets, before going on to open his own barber shop in a well-to-do Rome neighbourhood in 1977. With a loyal roster of clients, Pinzo’s business was thriving until February when COVID-19 hit, keeping his patrons away and instilling a fear of infection. “People are staying at home and I am working a lot less, and then there is the fear. Given my age, I worry I could catch this virus at any moment,” said Pinzo, wearing his trademark lime green jacket. “It is sad, but that’s the way it is.” Business association Confcommercio estimates that up to 40 percent of shops in the capital Rome have been forced to close because of the pandemic, leaving streets dotted with empty windows.