Many companies are reaching out to office providers in order to move into private workspaces as concern over coronavirus continues to grow.
Bryan Murphy, CEO of private workspace operator Breather, said that since coworking is high density, companies are seeking private, standalone space.
Many coworking companies have started taking drastic measures in response to the outbreak. For example, WeWork temporarily suspended events in common areas within its Greater China locations, while also encouraging members to work from home if possible. The company also closed access to the spaces before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. so they could be properly cleaned and disinfected. Last week, WeWork announced it has resumed operations in many of its buildings in East China after government approval.
“My expectation is that it will come into the major markets,” said Murphy. “We are prepared to follow the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] guidelines on cleaning and maintaining good health.”