Israeli President Reuven Rivlin invited the leaders of a protest of self-employed workers taking place outside of the Knesset over economic restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to i24news, hundreds of protesters gathered in Jerusalem, calling for the lifting of stringent social distancing measures designed to curb the spread of the outbreak, which have caused economic disruption. Individuals working in the entertainment, culture and agricultural industry participated in the protest, according to the portal.

Rivlin stated that he had acknowledged the protest and had invited the leaders to take part in talks to discuss how the government can assist self-employed workers during the epidemiological and economic crisis.

“I heard the protest of the self-employed outside Beit HaNasi and invited its leaders to come and talk. This is an emergency and I promised them, and all self-employed people, that policy-makers will hear what they say. We need to see the big picture without abandoning anyone,” Rivlin wrote on Twitter.