My local government has requested that non-essential businesses either close or move to remote working if possible for the next two weeks. My company of around 100 people could do this, as everyone's work is 100% computer-based, but we're not able to. Managers up to the CEO are under the impression that we have no way to connect to our network drives/internal apps from outside the network. The IT guy has told them that since we don't have a VPN it's not possible.
The thing is, every work laptop does have a VPN already installed and configured. I used it successfully when I've had to do something after hours a few times. I checked with coworkers and they all have this VPN already installed too. At my last job I was a sysadmin, and part of my job was installing and configuring this exact VPN application. Right now, when you open it and click to connect, it gives a message that it was manually disabled.
I went to ask the IT guy about this message, and he told me that he disabled it because he doesn't want everyone to be working from home since he thinks it'll lead to worse productivity. He told me not to tell anyone since he's telling our CEO/management that we don't/can't have a VPN at all.
How should I approach this situation?