A Coworking Operator’s Guide to Keeping Your Community and Business Healthy
By Iris Kavanaugh
Women Who Cowork
March 12, 2020 — Santa Cruz, CA
Women Who Cowork provides resources to prep for coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
(Photo: Iris Kavanagh is the co-CEO of Women Who Cowork, a global company cofounded and co-headquartered between Austin, TX and Santa Cruz, CA. Credit: Jules Holdsworth Photography)
There are a lot of questions floating around about the current threat of Covid-19, and for the coworking community, these questions stem from how to keep our communities healthy, to how to keep our businesses open should things get really weird in a global pandemic situation.
Our hope is that this virus dies out quickly and everyone gets to breathe a sigh of relief and perhaps have better hygiene while sick, in the process.
That said, we are collaborating with several coworking leaders on a set of resources that operators can use in response to the threat or outbreak of an infectious disease.
Of course, this post is focused on the current Covid-19 outbreak, but let’s be real: Coworking spaces need a protocol for how to handle emergencies, disasters and infectious disease outbreaks, so this post may be updated and may grow into a larger, collective effort.
We have pulled resources from across the different global organizations responding to the global outbreak (as of this writing, WHO has not yet classified this as a pandemic) and listed them here.
Here’s what is covered in this blog post:
- Quick start guide to keeping your space healthy
- Signage that you can print and hang in your space
- Best recommendations for how to handle sick members and sick employees
- Ideas on how to keep your community connected in the event of an outbreak or quarantine in your area
- Ideas on how to keep your revenue coming in in the event things take a while to settle
- Info for spaces that offer childcare and cater to families
- Links to external resources to keep you updated on the outbreak and response