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Office spaces & Manufacturing

Overview this week

While many offices are not looking to reopen until 2021, businesses are looking into flexible office spaces and strategies to reduce risk of viral transmission. Redesigns and strict adherence to public health precautionary measures are vital to safe reopening, along with businesses waiting until a low level of community spread overall.

Top 3 News Highlights This Week

  1. Some content moderators employed by Facebook have returned to the office, amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases. While the majority of their employees are working remotely, some commentators fear that the company is pressuring individuals to work in-person. 
  2. For offices to reopen safely, business owners must consider air-flow, flexible spaces, hygienic furnishings, and design changes in addition to enforcement of public health precautionary measures. As COVID-19 cases rise nationally, it is unlikely offices will be pushing for reopening until 2021. But for essential businesses, owners should consider these important factors relevant to transmission risk before bringing in employees. 
  3. Much of the coworking/flex space office sector is confident amidst conventional office disruption. Tenants of small to mid-sized firms are choosing not to extend their commercial leases in favor of a more flexible office space approach. This concept will allow for more remote working, reduce commuter strain, and limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the office space due to reduced capacity.