Police preparing for new year shift

Riga's police say they are all geared up for New Year's Eve celebrations but are asking the public for cooperation to make sure everything goes smoothly. In particular they are asking parents to keep a careful eye on children so they do not become separated in crowds and for a responsible attitude to drinking and the use of pyrotechnics.

The State Fire And Rescue Service has also underlined the importance of appropriate and proper use of fireworks, recommending public displays rather than do-it-yourself efforts at home. Naked flames from candles and even highly combustible dried-out Christmas trees are other things to beware of.

On a side note, the Latvian central bank has provided some evidence of the misfortunes that can befall people who perhaps don't take such things into account with an interesting picture from someone who forgot to take their wallet and car key out of a very hot sauna a few years ago...

  

As usual, the best firework display in town will be at midnight on the 11th of November embankment where thousands are expected to be in attendance.

The New Year welcoming event on the 11th of November embankment will take place on December 31st from 21:00 to 01 January at 03.00 with stalls and entertainment laid on. The opening hours of the Christmas Market in Old Riga are extended until 02:00.

The embankment will be closed to traffic so if driving, plan another route. The good news is that public transport (bus, trolleybus and tram) will be free of charge as usual on December 31 and January 1.

If you are one of the many people coming to spend New Year with us in Riga, welcome to you. We hope you have a happy time. 

 

 

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