Fortunately businesses aren’t operating to how you think at least. It’s much cheaper for them to continue letting us WFH. It’s better for the majority of staff, those who want to go in and be the office gossip can still go, they’ll just have less opportunities around the water cooler.
Shops will survive they can offer delivery of sandwiches, they can repurpose how they operate, they can even relocate to the suburbs where the customers are and leave the expensive town centre rents behind.
Not having to get on an expensive bus is the best bit. I make the mistake of getting one a few weeks back as it was been lazy £2 to get to town. It takes me 12 minutes to walk down. Won’t be making that mistake again. For larger families it’s actually cheaper to jump in a taxi and more convenient around here.