After rioters stormed the United States Capitol today in an effort to prevent the certification of the 2020 election results, the National Electrical Contractors Association has instructed all staff at its national office building to work from home for the rest of the week.

A statement from NECA president David Long reads: 

I want to thank you all for your calls of concern regarding the protests taking place today in Washington, D.C., in close proximity to the NECA National Office. I want to ensure you that all of us on NECA’s national staff are safe and sound, as all staff had been told to work remotely this week due to these anticipated demonstrations, in addition to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have encouraged all staff in the Washington, D.C., region to stay home and stay safe, and to remain there until it is safe to leave. I believe I speak for everyone when I say I want this situation resolved peacefully and quickly.

Although the complete damage caused by the day's events is still too early to tell, NECA is one of the first skilled trades organizations to release a statement addressing the events in Washington D.C.