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Get off the ice in Rīga!

The authorities in Rīga are warning people to stay off the ice that may remain on bodies of water in the capital or risk a hefty fine a well as the risk to their lives.

"From Wednesday, March 6th, residents will be forbidden to stay on ice of water bodies located in Riga administrative territory," the council said, citing weather forecasts which expect weather comfortably above freezing point.

The ban will remain in place until further notice and the Municipal Police will be on the lookout for anyone flouting the rule.

Violations could result in a police warning being issued or a fine of up to €70 euros imposed for non-compliance. In addition, people who are found on the ice under the influence of alcohol during the ban can be punished with a fine of between €15 and €100.

As recently reported by LSM, venturing onto the ice can have dramatic consequences. According to the State Fire and Rescue Service, six dead bodies have already been pulled from the water this year and many others have been rescued.

But if you'd like a more positive take on life on the ice, how about this feature from our archive?


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