Latvian gambling industry resume operations on June 9th. The Latvian parliament (Saeima) has passed a bill on June 5 effectively allowing the return of gaming. The bill allows for both online and land-based gaming operations two resume operations. As a result, the gambling industry in Latvia is planning to return as of June 9th.
This decision has brought on disagreements from some Latvian deputies. New Conservative Party members Krišjānis Feldmans, Gatis Eglītis and Linda Ozola submitted an updated bill that aims at continuing the land-based gambling ban in Latvia. Their bill however was rejected.
The deputies’ bill quickly caught the eye of the Latvian Gaming Association (LGA). According to them, proper actions were taken by the retail gambling prior to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. LGA also pointed out that land-based also took measures toward problem gambling.
LGA mentioned that “Even before the ban on gambling, industry operators implemented both the virus prevention measures set out in the recommendations of the authorities and measures promoting safe and responsible gambling,”
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