[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Town of Georgetown 3-20-1991. Revisions made at time of publication of Code. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with the authority granted by MGL C. 111, § 31, and C. 140, §§ 51, 52 and 53, the Georgetown Board of Health hereby establishes the following regulations for the practice of massage and the conducting of establishments for the administering of vapor, pool, shower and other baths.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Approved by the Board of Health of the Town of Georgetown.
- APPROVED COURSE OF MASSAGE
- A course on the art and science of massage which includes both theory and practice and is approved by the Georgetown Board of Health in accordance with accepted standards of education, training and experience.
- The Georgetown Board of Health.
- ESTABLISHMENT FOR ADMINISTERING MASSAGE, VAPOR, POOL, SHOWER OR OTHER BATHS
- Any office, place of business or premises where massage is practiced or where therapeutic or conditioning baths of water, vapor or other substances are given.
- Any method of manipulation or conditioning of part or parts of the body by manual, mechanical or other means as a beauty treatment, for purported health or medical treatment or medical treatment or for the purpose of invigoration.
- Any individual, male or female, corporation, company, association, society, firm, partnership and joint-stock company.
No person shall practice massage or conduct an establishment for the administering of massage or vapor, pool, shower or other baths in the Town of Georgetown without being licensed by the Town of Georgetown Board of Health.
All applications for said license shall be submitted to the Board of Health on an approved form, accompanied by the appropriate fees and any additional documents required by the Board.
The Board shall act to approve or deny an application for a license to operate within a reasonable time not to exceed 45 days from the date the completed application was received by the Board of Health.
All licenses issued under these regulations shall expire on December 31 of each year.
All applications for renewal must be submitted on written forms at least 30 days prior to the expiration date.
Licenses are not transferable.
Before a license is issued, all applications shall be reviewed by the Georgetown Police Department who shall make its advisory recommendations to the Board.
Falsification of any information on the application shall be grounds to revoke the license immediately without a hearing.
Every person desiring to practice massage in the Town of Georgetown shall:
Be 21 years of age or older.
Have completed an approved course of massage or have had at least two years experience in an approved massage establishment.
Submit a minimum of two written references supporting the applicant's professional qualifications.
Present a certificate signed by a physician stating that the applicant is free from any communicable disease.
Every establishment desiring a license to administer massage, vapor, pool, shower or other baths in the Town of Georgetown shall meet the following requirements:
Written verification from the Building Inspector and the Fire Department stating that the proposed premises are in compliance with state and local codes shall be submitted to the Board of Health.
Each room used for massage shall have an operating telephone with the numbers of ambulance, fire, police and emergency contact person conspicuously posted near said telephone.
There shall be toilet facilities with an adequate supply of hot and cold running water and single-use hand-washing soap and towels available at all times to both patrons and staff.
The license for an establishment is restricted to the location specified on the application.
Inspections by the Board of Health or its Agent shall verify that all applicable sanitary code requirements are met.
Physicians, physical therapists, nurses, chiropractors or podiatrists registered in the commonwealth are excluded. A person registered as a barber or an apprentice under the provisions of MGL C. 112, § 87H or 87I, or as a hairdresser, operator or as a student under the provisions of MGL C. 112, §§ 87T to 87 JJ, inclusive, may practice facial and scalp massage without obtaining a license.
A person licensed to practice massage in any other town in the commonwealth may on written orders of a physician attend patients, specified by the physician, in Georgetown. He shall, if required, submit to the Board of Health a copy of his license from another community and any other documents required by the Board.
Hospitals, infirmaries, nursing and convalescent homes, school athletic departments and other similar licensed institutions where massage and baths may be given are excluded from the definition of an establishment.
No room used to conduct business in an establishment shall be used as a bedroom or other form of housing.
All licenses shall be conspicuously posted at all times.
All equipment, instruments, devices, wearing apparel, linens or any other materials or items which may come in direct contact with the body shall be disposed of or cleaned and sterilized after each use.
All rooms, furniture and equipment shall be kept clean and sanitary at all times.
Hours of operation shall be between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. only, unless specifically authorized in writing by the Board.
There shall be no alcoholic beverages on the premises at any time.
Every licensed massage person shall thoroughly cleanse his hands immediately before administering a massage.
All rooms used for massage shall be well lighted and well ventilated.
Every licensee shall permit the Board of Health or its Agent to inspect the place of business at any reasonable time. At no time shall inspections occur less than once annually.
A license may be suspended or revoked by the Board for violation of any of these regulations. A hearing must be requested in writing within 10 days of the notice of suspension or revocation. The Board shall set a time and place for said hearing within seven days of receipt of said request.
Any person who violates any provision of MGL C. 140, § 51, or any rule or regulation promulgated under the authority thereof, shall be punished by a fine as provided in MGL C. 111, § 31.
So far as the Board of Health may provide, each section of these rules and regulations shall be construed as separate, and if any section, item, sentence, clause or phrase be held invalid for any reason, the remainder of these rules and regulations shall continue in full force and effect.
These rules and regulations were adopted by a vote of the Georgetown Board of Health and are to be in full force and effect upon publication in a newspaper and a copy thereof shall be deposited with the Office of the Town Clerk.