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Here’s How DC-Area Coworking Spaces Are Handling the Covid-19 Crisis

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Your email inbox is no doubt filled with messages from museums, delivery services, concert venues, and a whole host of other spots and companies letting you know all the precautions they’re taking in light of the Covid-19 crisis. We’ve gathered the precautions local coworking spaces are taking during this time and will update this list as we get more information. If you have tips or updates to include, please email Mimi Montgomery at mmontgomery@washingtonian.com.

The Wing

Update: Starting March 14, the Wing’s DC location will be closed temporarily, as will the group’s other spots across the globe. The group announced this decision in a press release sent March 13. The Wing expects its clubs to remain closed until at least March 31, with the possibility they may remain closed longer. Wing employees that are paid hourly will still receive payment for the shifts they were scheduled to work.

As of now, the group’s DC location in Georgetown will remain open. In a Medium post, the group says it it has postponed high-volume events, increased sanitation efforts, and asked employees to cancel international and domestic business travel. In an event that a Wing location has to close, hourly employees will still be paid for scheduled work, according to the post.

WorkChew

The coworking group, which provides folks the opportunity to cowork in restaurants during off-peak hours, says that all its partner restaurants are still currently open. In an email, WorkChew says its partners are briefing employees on proper CDC guidelines for washing their hands and disinfecting the restaurants in which they work.

Convene

Update: Starting March 16, Convene will close its Arlington and Tysons locations, according to a Convene representative. Its two DC locations will remain open.

As of now, all DC-area locations of Convene are open. In an email, the group says it’s asking sick employees to work remotely and notifying other members if anyone who works from Convene is exposed to the virus. The group will also increase cleaning procedures, provide additional hand sanitizer, and remove bulk food items.

The Yard

As of now, the DC location of The Yard is open. In an email, the group says it has provided hand sanitizer and disinfectant for members to use while cleaning their workspaces. It also asks that members who feel sick stay home, and to contact the space’s community manager if they or a member of their team is exposed to Covid-19.

Industrious 

As of now, all DC-area locations of Industrious are open. In an email, the group says it has increased the amount of hand sanitizer available to clients and will disinfect doorknobs and countertops more frequently. Additionally, it will only offer pre-wrapped snacks and food and asks that members do not touch each other when greeting. The group also asks that clients who feel sick stay home.

Cove: 

All DC locations will be temporarily closed from March 14 to March 18. In an email, the group says it’s doing this to deep clean all locations, reorganize furniture for social distancing, replace bulk snacks for individually wrapped options, replace reusable mugs and cutlery with disposable options, and reorganize the group’s operational procedures.

This post will be updated as we receive more information.

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Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
Associate Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She previously was the editorial assistant at Walter Magazine in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her work has appeared in Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Adams Morgan.