Deputies of the Duma Riga (Capital of Latvia) by a unanimous decision decided to close all gambling halls in the city, except those who work in the hotels of category 4 and 5 stars. The legislators gave instructions to the Yuropliva and the Department of Development of Riga, an order to prepare draft decisions on the cancellation of previously issued gambling licenses to such institutions, DELFI reports.LV.
According to Janis Lypins, the head of the Orthodox of Riga, from the moment of the decision to close a specific gambling club, such a subject will be provided for five years to say so to speak of a smooth closure of the institution. What follows that all the gambling halls in Riga, which in the city are now more than two hundred, will be closed only in 2024.
Note that the debate on this issue between the deputies of the Riga Duma lasted more than an hour. The opposition, reproaching coalition forces, declared that the decision to close the gambling clubs in Riga is no more than the pre-election course before the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, since in 2018 they offered to close all gambling establishments in Riga, but then this proposal of coalition forces rejected.