Coworking spaces have been largely empty due to governments encouraging people to work from home. Now, operators are adopting new changes in order to keep workers safe when they come back to the office.
“As we face the new realities of a post Covid-19 world, we’re leading on best practices for workplace hygiene measures and physical distancing, whilst still offering environments which foster connection and collaboration,” said Mathieu Proust, general manager at WeWork UK & Ireland.
WeWork will be limiting the amount of people in its breakout areas and meeting rooms, as well as using stickers on floors to promote distancing. It will also install touch-free soap dispensers in its bathrooms and kitchens.
Workspace will be taking measures to keep occupants safe as well, such as keeping doors open to reduce contact with commonly touched areas. Signage will also be used to encourage distancing, and receptionists will sit behind screens.
Flexible workspace firm Fora will also be introducing new measures, such as thermal imaging upon entrance to its facilities, as well as redesigning layouts to keep people distanced.