These are not easy times for in-person collaboration. Or for the places that exist to make it happen — like the co-working and shared workspaces that have exploded in recent years.Now, some of them are trying to adapt.Co-working spaces across Massachusetts are retooling for a life of social distancing. They are investing in new HVAC and sanitation systems and buying desk dividers and other equipment designed to keep people safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Late last month, a dozen co-working spaces — mostly smaller and nonprofit operators — received state grants to help pay for all that. It is recognition, said the state’s economic development secretary, Mike Kennealy, of the role these sort of places play in the Massachusetts economy.
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