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Sometimes we have a requirement to stop users from accessing a SharePoint Online site. For example, if there's an issue with data and we want a stable/non-changing site to work with we would like to stop users from accessing sites (Site Collections and/or sub sites) for a period of time while work is completed.

We could remove all users permissions from a site but that is a lot of work and then we have to reinstate the permissions exactly as before.

In on-premises scenarios we could put a Site Collection into read-only mode but that is not available to us in SharePoint Online.

Are there options available to us out-of-the-box?

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You can set a Site Collection in read only mode in ReadOnly, by using a Site policy in Site Collection Administration (Site Setting). It is not the fast approach, but possably better than revoking user access.

See HOW TO MAKE SHAREPOINT ONLINE SITE COLLECTION READ ONLY

It's a little work, but most of it can be done in advance.

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