A Newton store manager told BuzzFeed, ”There was an automated message going around telling businesses to close, but because we’re Dunkin’ Donuts, we called the police department and they said we didn’t have to.”
Reminds me of the scene in Atlas Shrugged II where it's explained that it shifted to whom you have connections with determining what you're allowed to do.
Shutting down was a request. Nobody had to comply. People could even walk outside and buy milk.