I have a small business in Reading, and needed to meet my key team members in person after suffering through "virtual meetings" for 4 months. I live in Germany (and the US), and although I wanted to come on Wednesday Border Force told us "I would have to quarantine for 14 days" even though the requirement went away on 2 days later on Friday. Needless to say, I went on Friday and came back yesterday.
I was pretty shocked to see the city so empty. While some hotels, and more restaurants were open, it was actually hard getting a taxi at 7:30 in Whitehall, and the amount of closed/empty shops was really staggering. The economic destruction due to the lockdown is sadly going to be great. Madness. I understand the UK viewpoint much better now.
Germany (Munich) is going well, and life is almost pre-Covid. Masks are worn on public transport and in shops, but NOT on the street, and no one really is concerned about social distancing. In Italy where I've been in Rome and Lombardy, it's essentially the same except slightly more Italians wear masks on the street. Off to Greece tomorrow on business so see how they are doing.
Unfortunately, for family reasons, I need to go back to the Peoples' Public of Los Angeles where the beaches and bike paths are regularly closed. As if Covid spreads so easily on beaches or on bicycles. I'm not thrilled about heading back to my place of "lockdown" earlier this year... Will report back if anyone is interested.