CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Town Council voted Tuesday to approve new ordinances relating to spa and massage businesses in Christiansburg.
Many members of the massage therapy community came out to the meeting in support of the new ordinances.
“I’m happy that it passed,” Licensed Massage Therapist Sara Yun, “I’m happy that the town took the initiative to go ahead and get in front of this. I know it’s a nationwide problem.”
The ordinances require therapists and businesses to have a town permit. The permits cost $10 a year for therapist and $25 a year to businesses.
They also clearly define which acts are prohibited, such as prostitution, touching or showing private parts.
“I don’t want the people of Christiansburg to go into some business thinking that they’re seeking stress relief and pain relief from a licensed professional and maybe walks into somewhere that is not,” Yun said.
Assistant Town Manager Andrew Warren said the ordinance goes into effect immediately and they will work with the current businesses to get the new permits.
“Some have business licenses renewals coming up but we will be reaching out and making sure that we have an educational campaign to make sure that all massage therapists, massage establishments in the new town are aware of the new rules,” Warren said.