It’s quite hard to say anything about what’s going on in the UK without it getting political but I’ll give it a go
The Government’s “plan” was that we don’t really close much down and let everyone catch it, just not too quickly, to build herd immunity. I say “Government”, but it’s not really - it’s the Civil Service plan, and whichever party happened to be in power at the time would be in the same position.
Of course, once people worked out that they were the “herd” most said “Sod that!” and stayed at home and took their kids out of school, forcing a change of plan - something any UK Govt is notoriously bad at.
Since then it’s been one demonstration after another that those in charge have no clue how the real world works.
Basically, if you’re a business, the only help on offer is to defer payment of various taxes, and a loan from a bank that’s supposed to be easier to get than normal because the Govt has guaranteed 80% of it, but since that’s still 20% of the bank’s money and you must borrow at least £25k, they’re doing all the usual checks and paperwork so only larger companies have managed to get one.
If you furlough your staff the Govt will pay 80% of their salary (up to £2k5pm); great for large companies, pointless for small business where the rent/lease is the main cost.
They’ve just announced a loan for “micro” businesses starting next week where you can borrow 25% of your turnover (supposedly with fewer hoops to jump through, but I’ll believe that when I see it). That number is interesting: that’ll be week 8, so they must be expecting things to be back to normal in June. Again, I’ll believe that when I see it - I’ve no idea how you persuade people to get on the Tube again or go into an office now people have discovered that it really is possible to work from home. I don’t know how you persuade people to go back to work at all once you’ve paid them to sit and watch Netflix.
Or, TL;DR: no Netflix for me, too busy making sure I can keep trading through the recession/depression.
On the positive side, we’re still allowed to go out for a walk (great last week when it was sunny), but the downside of that is going past shop after shop after shop that have packed up and closed.
Some of the pubs are doing takeout so hopefully they’ll survive, but that’s about all the good news there is.