How big is the impact of COVID-19 on the Coworking and Business Center industry after nearly two months?
Many industries are facing challenging times and some strict regulations were immediately imposed by the government. Although there were no direct measures for the Coworking and Business Centers, changes in other industries are creating an impact on our sector as well. Or not?
After nearly seven weeks of uncertainty, the government was finally able to provide us with a cautious prospect for a post-COVID-19 era. Although employees are still recommended to work from home, companies and workspaces are allowed to reopen whilst keeping the virus in mind. Some coworking locations and business centers never closed down, but had to prove themselves to be a safe and hygienic workplace. And now, they all must be able to guarantee their employees/coworkers/vistors a place that complies with government measures. Social distancing must be guaranteed at all times and disinfection must be a keyword in every workplace.
Bar d’Office (Belgian coworking network) and BWA (Belgian Workspace Association) measured the impact of COVID-19 on our sector, mainly in Belgium, after nearly two months.
This survey was shared with all Bar d’Office coworking locations in Belgium and all members of BWA. It was conducted between April 17 and April 23. Please keep in mind that the survey was drawn up before the government announced the exit strategy on April 24th and represents a second indication. The first findings can be found here: https://bardoffice.eu/blog/2020/04/07/survey-covid-19/.