NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Business owners across Middle Tennessee react to the president’s six-step plan to tackle the pandemic.

Getting all Americans vaccinated is President Joe Biden’s goal. So one of the ways POTUS wants to get the country there is now mandating businesses with at least 100 employees have everyone get a COVID vaccine or receive a test once a week.

News 4 spoke with Thomas Morales, who owns ACME on Broadway and Southern Oyster & Steak on 3rd Avenue. Morale said he supports the idea of the mandate. Still, the reality of it will be costly and take a toll on an industry that’s already hurting.

“Our industry right now is strained; a lot of the supply chain industries don’t have enough workers,” Morales said. “Right now, we’re nine out of 14 shifts that we can open because we don’t have enough people. The restaurant recovery act is still unfunded.”