Before Covid-19 hit the concept of co-working had been enjoying somewhat of a boom in Ireland.

Co-working companies offer shared working facilities and office space, including hot-desking, in return for a month fee.

It has proven popular with freelancers, start-ups and even major employers seeking flexible, short-term space.

However the model now looks at odds with requirements around coronavirus and social distancing.

"Intuitively it does, yeah," says," said Andrew Lynch, co-founder and chief operations officer of Huckletree. "What we’re seeing over the past 14 weeks though is businesses opting much more for flexibility over traditional leases, realising quite abruptly that they can work from most places.

"The real test over the next few months and years will be to see how company culture is impacted and how that remote working environment impacts the people and businesses that have typically taken to co-working."

Many have also found, albeit through necessity, that they can do quite a lot of their work from home - however Mr Lynch feels co-working spaces like those can help to solve some of the problems created by that kind of remote working.

"Over the next few weeks we’re going to be looking how that lack of face-to-face interaction has affected small businesses and entrepreneurs that rely on that social capital," he said.

Indeed one of the major selling points of co-working has been the interactions it can encourage - be it through people from the same team or others who you happen to sit next to or get chatting to.

With social distancing in place and an encouragement to share less, that no longer applies. But Mr Lynch sees plenty of other opportunities ahead.

"One thing we want to do is reimagine what co-working communities look like when our members come back into the spaces," he said. "It won’t necessarily be about where you work, but about how you work and the productivity levels and the quality of the connections and interactions you have.

"The value of each social gathering, for us, needs to outweigh the desk and the seat elements of what the core, bread and butter business model of co-working is all about."