“Our businesses want to stay open,” Sanders said. “We don’t want to see them closed again so I think that businesses will make those decisions and I hope people respect the decisions they make.” CEO and President Jerry Sanders said they’ve encouraged people to get vaccinated since doses became available. The only possible challenge Sanders sees with the mandate is funding. He said he hopes the federal government can provide financial aid to help businesses implement the changes.
“We’re talking about an improvement of job quality for millions of workers, tens of millions of workers because safety is crucial to job quality,” he said. Enemark backs the President’s vaccine action plan. He said it addresses two major components for businesses: safety and speeding up economic recovery.
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, which helps around 2500 businesses, also supports the plan. “This mandate means that a lot more jobs are going to be at a lot higher quality than they were before,” Daniel Enemark, a senior economist with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, said.
“I’ve always believed the government should stay out of the way when it comes to telling business owners how to operate. I thought the government mandating business closures in 2020 went too far. Similarly, I’m not one to tell businesses how to open and operate. I’m against workplaces mandating vaccines for their employees, as you’re forcing people to choose between getting inoculated or providing for their family. I’m glad to see most entities, (like the County of San Diego) allowing the option to be COVID tested weekly.” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond sent ABC 10News the following statement regarding the mandate:
But not everyone approves of Biden’s latest plan. “A lot of small business and all business have had to fund almost all these things and it’s pretty difficult we they’ve had to be closed down several times,” Sander said.
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