Ben Roethlisberger broke pandemic restrictions to get his hair cut and beard trimmed, along with a small recording crew, for a video the Steelers quarterback put out on his Twitter account Monday.
Governor Tom Wolf doesn’t want Roethlisberger, or anyone to break coronavirus restrictions in that way.
“My concern is just a general concern and anybody who puts himself or herself into harm’s way is something i think we ought to try to avoid,” Wolf said in response to a question about Roethlisberger specifically. “And when you go to something like a barbershop and you’re not protected, I don’t care who you are. The chances of that virus wreaking havoc on your life increases.
“I don’t think any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance. I certainly don’t want to take that chance myself.”
Roethlisberger visited Norman’s Cut N Edge in Sewickley, which is in Allegheny County, in the video posted Monday. Allegheny County remains in the yellow phase of the state’s restriction easing.
The yellow phase rules explicitly warn against the opening of salons, barbershops and similar businesses. Gov. Wolf has also acknowledged the state’s limited ability to enforce these policies.
Roethlisberger was getting his beard trimmed as part of a promise he made to himself about not shaving until he could throw an NFL-caliber pass again after recovering from elbow surgery.
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