Riga’s City Council has decided to shut all gaming venues in the city and its surroundings. The move to close down all sites also includes the venues in downtown Riga.
Initiating the process of closing all gaming venues, Nils Usakovs, Mayor Of Riga has assigned the city’s Legal Affairs Department and Urban Development Department to draft a decree to revoke the license of gaming operators in the city and the neighborhood.
The only venues that will not see their licenses revoked are the four-star and five-star hotels.
The gambling laws in the country entitle the city council or the local government to revoke the license of a gaming operator if the gambling activities on particular premises are creating “substantial impairment to the interests of the State and the residents of the respective administrative area.”
This power to the local government holds goo in case of casinos, gambling halls, a bingo hall, a wagering shop and such premises that offer similar services.
Mr. Usakvos, Mayor of Riga, said, “This is one task that we have to accomplish. We made the first step in 2017 when we banned gaming venues in the historical center of the city. At the same time, it is clear that the problem of gambling is the worst in the neighborhoods of Riga. That is why the municipality has to do everything in its power to finally make Riga a city completely free of gambling,”