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Ghost towns and offices closing permanently?

As another month comes to a close, are we now starting to see the full impacts COVID has had on the work environment in our city centers?
Jessica Richards

We’re entering another month where city centers are empty and quiet. Places where crowds used to commute to daily and now becoming more like ghost towns.

From office buildings remaining empty to small businesses located near city centers struggling too. Many coffee shops, sandwich shops, and even drycleaners rely on the crowds of city workers each day to keep their businesses running, and without them, they risk closure. 

The coffee shop and food chain Pret A Manger are facing some of the major challenges of COVID and the closing of stores/offices. A big customer base of the company is city workers and people during lunch hours, and now that the streets are lacking commuters the stores are lacking customers.

It is said that Pret A Manger sales are down 74% lower than this time last year, they have also had to make the difficult decision not to reopen some branches and downsize the companies reach. 

As this newfound age of remote working is becoming more normalized how are businesses adapting and is this going to become a more permanent solution?

For a lot of companies, the decision to close offices permanently is becoming the new reality. A big reason behind this being lots of big businesses have realized that they can’t go on in offices with a large number of employees while following social distancing regulations.

Twitter has decided to allow some of its employees to continue to work from home permanently if they choose to do so. The company has said that the past few months have proven that they are capable of running a business remotely, so are looking into how to scale this for the foreseeable future. 

Even though there is a long list of benefits when it comes to remote working, there can be a few negatives. This could be lowered productivity, less communication, and even a toll on someone’s mental health. 

What do you think this holds for the future for businesses and work environments?