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WeWork just published a 16-page handbook on reopening its office after the pandemic. Here's what's inside.

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  • WeWork consulted architecture firm Arup on how to change work spaces to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
  • The company has released a 16-page document with what its coworking spaces may look like after the pandemic. 
  • WeWork's lounges, pantries, and meeting rooms will reduce seating capacity. Stickers indicating where to stand will ensure proper social distancing.
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Collaboration spaces like WeWorks are set to get overhauled after the coronavirus pandemic. 

The pandemic, which has infected more than 1 million Americans, has led to widespread office closures and work-from-home orders. Since the rate of infection has slowed, some employers are mulling reopening their workspaces.

But offices must limit the likelihood of contracting and spreading the disease. The White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend employers close common areas, routinely disinfect surfaces, and enforce six feet of distance in reopened offices.

Given these parameters, coworking companies like WeWork will need to redesign offices to minimize contact.

WeWork confirmed to Business Insider that, in consultation with the architecture firm Arup, it has produced a 16-page brochure envisioning what their future workspaces may look like. These will replace dishware with disposable plates and cutlery, placements of stickers that indicate where to stand for proper social distancing, and the installation of touch-free hand sanitizers outside each work station.

Here's what WeWorks may look like after they reopen:

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Elevator lobbies will now have footstep stickers that indicate where members should stand for optimal social distancing.

Elevator lobbies will now have touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers and office hygiene guidelines displayed on TVs. WeWork will also place stickers outside elevators that indicate where members should stand and wait.

The presentation does not indicate whether stickers are six feet apart, the CDC's suggested distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Reception desks will now have touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers nearby. WeWork will place stickers six feet apart in front of reception desks to ensure social distancing.

Community lounges will reduce seating capacity, for instance by transforming four-person spaces to two-person set-ups.

WeWork will rely on "visual guides" to instruct members on how many people are around inside a lounge and where to properly seat themselves. 

In pantries, WeWork will begin using disposable cups and cutlery to reduce germ exposure. The soap and wipe dispensers will be touch-free.

WeWork will also limit seating capacity in kitchens to prevent close contact.

WeWork will continue to allow public printing for its members, but will reduce germ exposure in this "high-touch" space by installing hand sanitizers and hand wipes.

Single-use phone booths will be cleaned by staff "routinely," and guides will instruct members to wipe down stations before and after each use.

Meeting rooms will decrease the number of seating, and use table stickers to instruct members where to sit to ensure limited contact.

Restrooms will have no-touch soap dispensers and printed guides instructing members to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.

Bathrooms, like other shared spaces, will undergo increased cleanings throughout the day.

WeWork partnered with "industry-leading" engineering firms to revamp their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to circulate fresh, clean air throughout the building.

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