The effects of Covid-19 on coworking spaces: patterns and future trends

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way of working, the habits and lifestyle of every citizen worldwide. All sectors of the economy had to respect «social distancing» in order to minimise the chances of transmission of the virus, although with different degrees. Specifically, most of the service workers had to move from traditional work in the office to work at home through remote or tele-working, as in the case of the creative and innovative class of workers, to which most coworkers of the coworking spaces belong. Within this framework, the present chapter aims to explore the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on coworking spaces by describing the results of an international survey addressed to coworking managers. Moreover, future trends for the coworking business model and its location dynamics are put forward together with policy implications.