"It's been a really challenging Christmas and New Year period for businesses of all sizes across industries as they battled with staff becoming infected and isolating, and a lack of consumer confidence," said Business NSW Chief Executive Daniel Hunter.
"It was an imperfect storm as customers voted with their feet and stayed away from venues that would normally be thriving during Summer, and those that did attend were met with venues that were severely understaffed," Mr Hunter said.
"Business NSW has been working closely with Government on measures that can provide some swift and short-term support for businesses, at a time when they need it most.
"These relief packages proposed include:
"Vaccination is still a critical step we can all take for community safety, and booster shots are incredibly important against the Omicron variant.
"Business is not seeking a free handout, but support to keep the doors open for the first three months of 2022,” Mr Hunter said.