No drones allowed near the Song and Dance Festival

During the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Festival from June 30 to July 10, in addition to other public order and security measures, enhanced monitoring will also apply to unmanned aircraft or drone traffic, State Police said on Wednesday.

The State Police said that on the day before the festival, June 29, airspace will be closed in the vicinity of Mežaparks, in central Rīga, as well as in the vicinity of the Daugava stadium.

It will be possible to see the exact coordinates of the closed airspace on the official Latvian air traffic website. Such restrictions are imposed in order to ensure the safety of the population in order to avoid potential hazards, such as the loss of control of the aircraft.

The police, together with their cooperation partners, promise to closely monitor the airspace in those areas, including through the use of special equipment for detecting and preventing unauthorized drone flights. Law enforcement will have the possibility not only to record unauthorized drone flights but also to carry out forced landings and to identify the location of pilots.

Offenders may not only be subject to administrative penalties, but also to confiscation of aircraft.

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