Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection has suspended operating licenses of 326 gambling halls

  • 2020-04-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Following the decision by the Saeima to suspend gambling activities during the state of emergency period, the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspectorate has suspended the operating licenses of 326 gambling halls, Signe Birne, the head of the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspectorate, told LETA.

At the same time, 12 licenses for on-line gambling activities have been suspended, including three operators that have not yet started operations after receiving the license. Licenses for two bingo halls, five casinos, as well as 75 betting sites have also been suspended.

Birne emphasized that with the decision of the Saeima to suspend all gambling licenses - gaming halls, bingo halls, casinos, betting sites, as well as on-line gambling sites - the Inspectorate decided that, in accordance with the Law on Covid-19 Restriction Measures, to suspend all gambling licenses for the period of validity of this Law.

As reported, Saeima last week rejected the proposal that would make an exception to the ban on gambling during the state of emergency for interactive gambling, lottery of numbers and instant lotteries. 

The Saeima budget and financial committee supported the proposal, while the majority of Saeima lawmakers later rejected it.

Thus, the norm adopted on March 20 to ban suspend all gambling licenses in casinos and gambling halls as well as on interactive environment remains in force.