The Great Outdoor Office Space

In Do, October 2020 by Raleigh MagazineLeave a Comment

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If you’re still working from home, take advantage of a change of scenery at Union Station. 

This month, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) and the Warehouse District’s transit hub are offering a new, socially distanced Outdoor Office setup that will look a bit different than the one from last year. Instead of a conference-type layout, smaller tables from commercial furniture store Alfred Williams & Company, placed at least six feet apart, will offer workspace for groups of two to three people as well as single-person tables, with hand sanitizer stands placed throughout the outdoor plaza.

As current COVID mandates limit outdoor gatherings to 50 people in a space at one time, Outdoor Office patrons must reserve a two-hour time block in order to use the space. In between blocks, staffers will clean and sanitize tables and chairs; face coverings are also required, unless you’re eating or drinking.

David Moore, the DRA’s placemaking and activations manager, says he hopes the Outdoor Office will attract more than just downtown residents and employees. “We want to make sure the Outdoor Office is attractive to folks who need to spread out or get out of the house, whether it’s adults or kids doing remote learning,” Moore says. 

A variety of free, physically distant outdoor activities will be offered for kids of all ages, so parents can work productively while their children are kept entertained. 

Union Station’s Outdoor Office will take place from October 12-16 and October 19-23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserve a two-hour time slot by visiting downtownraleigh.org/dra-programs/outdoor-office

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