Reopening Cowork Tahoe
We at Cowork Tahoe have always been committed to supporting our community. COVID-19 has placed unprecedented challenges on us all, in many different ways. We are here to support you and your business as best we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for help. If we cannot help directly, we will point you in the direction of someone that can.
This page outlines what we are doing to reopen our coworking space. There is a lot of information, so please keep reading, but let us know if you still have questions by emailing us at [email protected]
Is Cowork Tahoe open?
Yes! With some adjustments and new safety guidelines (described in more detail below).
As of May 26th, 2020, Cowork Tahoe reopened to all current or recent members.
As of June 1st, 2020, new members are being accepted as space permits. If you are interested in a new membership, please see our membership page for more information and to schedule a tour.
Sorry, at this time, we are not accepting day passes, groups, or events.
What we are doing
- Increased Cleaning:
- Frequent cleaning of all common surfaces with cleaning supplies stocked and readily available in the bathrooms, kitchen, and common areas for the use of management and members
- As weather permits, windows will be opened during the day for increased ventilation
- Physical Distancing:
- More room between desks and seating, plus auxiliary seating in private office spaces & the conference room
- One-directional hallways
- More outside seating
- Day passes, meetings, & events will continue to be suspended until further notice.
- Snacks, coffee, and all kitchen supplies will still be available, but have been rearranged to decrease shared contact and crowding. Let us know if you can’t find something!
What we expect of members
- Do not come in if you have ANY symptoms of illness whatsoever, or if a household member is ill.
- Wash your hands immediately upon entry to the building & prior to using any shared amenities. Use hand sanitizer provided as needed in between hand washing.
- Wear face coverings while in common areas, including bathrooms. We will have a limited supply of disposable masks for your use if you do not have your own cloth mask. These do not need to be worn while sitting at your desk.
- Maintain 6 feet or more of distance between yourself & others.
- Limit or cancel any in-person client meetings and do not bring in guests that add additional people in the building. If client meetings are necessary, inform them of these protocols and ensure they follow them.
- Help wipe down surfaces you have used, including those in shared meeting rooms after use. Cleaning supplies will be provided and set up throughout the building.
What is working from Cowork Tahoe like right now?
There is still comfortable furniture to work from in the lobby, its just a little more spread out and less dense than before to help everyone maintain a minimum of 6ft of physical distance from one another. Our HVAC system is new and well maintained, and there is plenty of fresh air moving through the space with the windows open. As a common area with people coming and going, however, masks are required.
Snacks are now arranged on the counter instead of in the cabinet, making it easier to grab something when the mood strikes. It also frees up the sink and coffee area from overcrowding. All of the appliances and utensils are still available, but more spread out.
The Desk Areas
About half of the desks that were previously in the main workspace have been moved for physical distancing. The conference room has also been requisitioned as an auxiliary workspace and will not be used for meetings until further notice. Arrows have been added to the hallways to encourage one-directional traffic to minimize close contact. While masks are required in common areas, it is not expected that they will be worn while working at a desk. While moving through the desk area, yes, but they can be removed once at your seat.
As has been our policy for some time, the workspaces are focus zones. This means that no phone calls or meetings can be taken in or near the desk areas and conversations should be kept to a minimum to allow for others to focus on their work in a quiet environment. Phone calls are also not permitted in the hallways, so please take them outside or to a reserved meeting room.
We currently have 5 small meeting rooms for use throughout the building. These rooms must be reserved in advance using the Cowork Tahoe mobile app. During this time, we are also asking all members to book a meeting room for 30 extra minutes than they think is needed to provide some "airing out" time in between uses. Common surfaces in each room must be wiped down after each use and the door left open.
With gorgeous weather in Tahoe arriving, we have added more outside seating that is well spaced. Whether finding a nice spot to work outside (our wifi reaches all parts of our property), or just to take a break, we are working to provide those options in addition to our traditional interior seating. Having the lake just a few blocks away doesn't hurt either.
We do have a limited number of private offices available for $500+ that range from 90-225sqft and can be leased on 1-year terms. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in a more private coworking experience.
What resources do you recommend for public health & businesses?
- Tahoe Chamber: https://tahoechamber.org/covid-19/
- Sierra Small Business Development Center: https://www.sierrasbdc.com/
- FREE COVID-19 Testing Appointments https://lhi.care/covidtesting
- CA Statewide Site: https://covid19.ca.gov/
- Barton Health's COVID site: https://www.bartonhealth.org/tahoe/coronavirus-update.aspx
More on Face Coverings
Face coverings are required for all members, management, and visitors to the building until further notice.
Here is where they must be worn at all times:
- Upon entering the building from any shared entrance: the lobby door, our West Wing entrance, the North door, and the Tribune public entrance.
- The lobby & kitchen area, including if working from this space.
- Hallways while moving through the building.
- The printer area, including if working from this space.
- When moving through the desk areas.
- Meeting rooms if occupied by more than one person. If others are present, physical distancing must also be maintained.
When it is acceptable to temporarily remove your face covering:
- While working in a private office.
- While sitting and working at your desk.
- While using a meeting room if no others are present in the room.
- Outside the building as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
Read more about the CDC recommendations here.