Latvia Opens All Land Casinos

Latvia's gaming regulator announced that all land betting sites in the country are allowed to reopen following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the country.

The announcement by the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspectorate allowed casinos, retail betting shops, and gaming halls to open effective June 15th after being shuttered since November 9th, 2020. The locations will be allowed to offer services but will be required to maintain capacity limits, social distancing, and operating from 6am to 10pm.

Latvia also banned online betting during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, but that rule has also been let up. Restrictions as a whole are easing throughout the country, but the government has indicated that new measures could come into place if new infections rise.

Interestingly, the regulator's gaming page doesn't appear to have been updated since late last year, with the homepage still sharing the following message:

"Attention!

"By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Latvia from November 9, 2020 until December 6, 2020 and with the latest extension until April 6, 2021 gambling companies are prohibited to carry out all land-based gambling activities - casino, gaming halls and betting points are closed.

"Licensed remote gambling activities are not prohibited."

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.
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I'm originally from Latvia and I have seen that the restrictions there are being lifted with more people being vaccinated. I'm glad to see this as people are able to go back to work.

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