I went to London for a break in August ,when some sort of travel was allowed. I saw the effects of the virus on the economy . There was an programme on the London News about the commuter suburb of Merton . A few locals were interviewed, companies had given employees laptops with the appropriate software to use and many were working from home, one commuter said he doesn't want to go back to paying for an expensive monthly season to travel on the sardine special which may or may not turn up on any given day, he wasn't the only one. Also the local economy in Merton was doing well, the local shops and cafes were experiencing increased business due to people staying in the area as opposed to leaving it everyday. Economists called this the ' polo mint effect '.
Then there is the flip side , we stayed in a hotel near Marylebone station . We had breakfast in a diner near the Station. It was very quiet. The owner told us he used to open up at 6.30 am and people would come off the trains and have a bit of breakfast before heading to the office , plus he would get lunchtime and other casual trade from the offices in the area, 90% of which are now closed because people were working from home . He was seriously worried about his business , he wasn't sure how much longer he could continue , he'd laid off 3 staff .
This virus is not just a health matter, the knock on effects, and lack of commuters could well realign the economy to a more locally based level with spending moving away from City Centres