With a deadline looming, Lafayette city officials note some progress in getting employees of massage parlors to obtain state certification.
On June 21, Lafayette city staff presented new regulations to massage establishment owners and property owners requiring:
- minimum health and safety standards for these businesses.
- all massage practitioners to obtain certification from the California Massage Therapy Council.
"Many of them have obtained the certification and registered with the police department," stated a Lafayette police press release. "Others have not … The Lafayette Police Department will enforce the ordinance and ensure compliance."
The city required these businesses to comply with the new regulations by Monday, Oct. 29.
City staff scheduled another meeting to discuss the regulations for Friday in Room 240, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.
Neighborhood concerns about prostitution at massage parlors boiled over this year into civic meetings and police enforcement. In August, a Concord woman was arrested at Lelouch Massage on Brown Avenue on suspicion of prostitution; three arrests on prostitution and pimping charges were made in June at two parlors on Mount Diablo Boulevard.