True, Shutdown has economic consequences. Doctors are only recommend, but ultimate decision is by leaders (WH+congress or similar in other countries).
Remember the situation of 1917-1918 flu pandemic, this is exactly like this.
Either SIP (sure lay off or wfh) or work at site (potential death or sure hospitalization) situation.
It is not just WH+Congress took such decisions, but across all states and across all country leaders. Normally, in such situation, all government and all people are not wrong and it is not a hasty decision (but delayed decision).
Viewers, do not ask the company name.
In my company, first case was found 10:30 PM , entire building evacuated, sterilized all floors, next day 10 am CEO announced optional WFH (employees+contractors to decide) and address managers not to stop or block anyone WFH. The top management was very good in calling that shot, warning every managers not to block anyone WFH.
Next day, 90% of the people came to work, mostly fear of losing the job, but that resulted spread of virus in 4 buildings, complete team is deployed to evacuate everyone and sterilize all floors in four buildings.
If they do not do, potential lawsuit for Coronavirus medial related lawsuits…
Same day evening, another urgent meeting with CEO to announce mandatory WFH for all US employees and other countries.
This has happened one week before California public shutdown. Believe it or not, most of the employees+Contractors liked the way CEO+Management handled the situation.
It is about the life, even if people are laid off, they can get back to work later.
Now, appx 250 Corona cases within workforce across the world, but not due to company issue and potential law suits are avoided.