A friend of mine asked me to ask this on his behalf.
A company he manages employs ~900 employees. The company does not perform essential services and has thus been forced to shut down during a 21 day government imposed lock down to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The company is paid these employees in full for the lock down period and all employees were instructed to stay home. These employees were even paid early as to allow them to stock up for the lock down. It has now come to his attention that certain employees are ignoring the lock down and in his view are disobeying a direct company instruction.
Would it be fair to institute disciplinary action against these employees?
Edit: Our lock down rules state that only movement for essential supplies are allowed such as food & medical supplies/treatment.
These employees referred to are visiting friends and hosting social events which is currently illegal and may result in a prison sentence of up to 6 months. These employees are getting away with it due to the fact that the South African police is heavily understaffed and have a fairly high percentage of corrupt officials.