Rashays Restaurant Group Founder Rami Ykmour has called on the government to bring JobKeeper back as the current subsidies still place “too much pressure" on the average citizen.
Mr Ykmour has five restaurants in the Greater Sydney LGAs that face harsher restrictions with over 500 staff living in the south-west regions.
Mr Ykmour told Sky News although he welcomes the current government assistance it’s “not quite enough”.
The JobKeeper payment offered by the federal government which finished in March of this year provided more assistance and stability for people employed in small businesses and the hospitality sector, according to Mr Ykmour.
“To put that pressure on them now, and tell them to find out what the new regulations are and how the government subsidy is going to work – it’s just not right, it’s just too much pressure on the average citizen out west,” Mr Ykmour said.
“They’ve done nothing but the right thing. It’s not our fault the vaccine is not available. It’s not our fault that small business has been working for 18 months tirelessly … and now to spur that on them.
“Today is Saturday, and I can assure you one thing – every small business owner out in Western Sydney is in their business today.
“I want to see more support. This is not a time to consider what our budget looks like. It’s a time to be just helping people.”