California's battle over the coronavirus lockdown heated up Friday as thousands of protesters hit Huntington Beach and Gov. Gavin Newsom promised "meaningful" changes, CNBC reports. Newsom said the state's shelter-in-place order would change in "days, not weeks," adding that California will "get back on its economic feet": "If we can hold the line and continue to do good work and just avoid the temptation to get back and congregate with people in ways where we can see an increase in the spread, we’ll get there much sooner than many people perhaps think," he said. For more:
- 'My freedom': Huntington Beach saw nearly 3,000 protesters in what the Orange County Register calls a "tightly packed crowd" that waved signs like "My freedom is essential," "All jobs are essential," and "Newsom is not essential." Huntington Beach police Chief Robert Handy said that "anytime you get a crowd of that size it's concerning, especially during a pandemic."