In nature, coworking spaces are built to nurture collaboration and social interaction amongst professionals across various fields. Now as many are forced to close their facilities due to COVID-19, operators are finding ways to keep a portion of their operations running.
“We’ve erred on the side of being protective of the community, and we were one of the first coworking companies across the country to remove our staff and request members to stay at home if you can,” said Nick Clark, founder of Dallas-based firm Common Desk. “We are providing some essential services like sorting mail.”
Clark added that essential businesses are still able to come in and access their space.
Similarly, CBRE’s coworking branch Hana has closed its locations in Dallas and California, but is working with companies within their space that are deemed essential to provide them access to a workspace. Lindsay Wester, communications director at Hana, said the company is cleaning daily and sanitizing their spaces multiple times.
Coworking firm WeWork has drawn criticism for not closing their offices in cities such as New York, which is a hot spot for the virus. So far, it has only closed one North American office in Brooklyn.
“The most important thing to protect in a time like this is our people and your brand,” said Clark. “We will be okay without a few months of revenue.”