[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Robinson 5-10-1982 by Ord. No. 8-1982 (Ch. 13, Part 3, of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BODY MASSAGE
- The application to the human body by the hands or mechanical apparatus, any touching, stroking, friction, kneading, vibration, percussion, oil/alcohol rubs, mechanotherapy, hot or cold packs, heat, cold, salt glows, cabinet tub, shower, sitz, sauna, vapor, steam, or any other special type of bath.
- HEALTH CLUB
- Any establishment which offers service in the form of body massage, baths, exercises or similar services in combination to club members or to the public for a charge, fee or donation, but shall exclude hospitals, nursing homes, medical clinics and the office or quarters of licensed health profession practitioners.
- MASSAGE TECHNICIAN
- Any masseur (male) and masseuse (female) who administers body massage to any other person for a charge, fee or donation or as an employee of any person offering such body massage, but shall exclude persons licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to practice medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy, podiatry, nursing and physical therapy, and barbers, beauticians and manicurists insofar as they deal with the head, hands and feet.
- A firm, partnership, association of persons, corporation, organization or any other group acting as a unit.
[Amended 8-14-1989 by Ord. No. 16-1989]
No health club or massage technician may operate or practice within the Township of Robinson without a license to operate or practice, upon proper applications to the Township Secretary and the fulfillment of the requirements set forth herein and payment of a fee per annum, as established from time to time by resolution, for a health club and an amount per annum, as established from time to time by resolution, for a massage technician. Licenses granted under this chapter shall be renewed yearly and may be revoked for any failure to comply with this chapter.
No health club shall be granted a license to operate until the fulfillment of the following and continued observance of the same:
All zoning, building, fire, electrical, plumbing and health codes applicable to the Township of Robinson shall be complied with;
An application for a license shall include the names of all owners, stockholders, directors, officers, partners and managing personnel, their addresses, occupations and satisfactory proof that they have not been convicted of any violation of laws proscribing prostitution, obscenity, indecency or pornography;
Plans and specifications of the quarters proposed to be occupied shall be submitted to the Zoning Board, which shall include details of entrances, partitions, windows, openings, ventilation, plumbing fixtures, water supply, waste and vent connections. Such quarters must be equipped with separate toilet and lavatory facilities for patrons and personnel and service sink for custodial services. No part of the quarters may be used for or connected with any bedroom or sleeping quarters.
All tables, tubs, shower stalls and floors, with the exceptions of reception and administrative areas, shall be of nonporous materials which may be readily disinfected.
Closed containers must be provided for wet towels and waste material.
All equipment, shower stalls, toilets, lavatories, tubs, cabinets and other accouterments of the establishment shall be regularly treated with disinfectants and shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.
As a condition of receiving a license, the owners and operators of the health club must expressly grant access to health, plumbing, fire, electrical and other authorized Township inspectors to any part of the quarters of the health club for purposes of inspection at all reasonable times.
The health club must require and retain on file certificates of good health issued by a licensed physician for all employees practicing any services of the health club. Such certificates shall be renewed every six months.
No health club shall serve any patrons infected with any fungus or skin infection.
All personnel shall wash their hands in hot, running water, using proper soap or disinfectants, before giving any service or treatment to each separate patron.
All towels and tissues, all sheets or other coverings shall be used singularly for each patron and discarded for laundry or disposal immediately after use.
Nondisposable tools or equipment shall be disinfected after use upon each patron.
The applicant must have a valid lease or title to the quarters which meet the requirements of this chapter.
No body massage shall be provided to the genitals of the patron nor by a masseur or masseuse to a patron of the opposite sex.
No person shall be granted a license to practice as a massage technician without satisfactory proof of the following:
The applicant is at least 18 years of age;
The applicant has never been convicted of prostitution, obscenity, indecency or related crimes;
The applicant has a diploma from a recognized school of massage having a curriculum approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, certifying that he or she has completed 400 hours of study in the basic subject of anatomy, physiology, hygiene, hydrotherapy, technique of massage, clinical internship, contraindications of massage, physical and mechanical exercise;
In lieu of Subsection C, the applicant may furnish equivalent credentials by way of experience and training of at least one year's duration as a massage technician;
The license shall contain a photograph of the massage technician and shall be carried on the person of the massage technician or conspicuously displayed in the health club wherein the massage technician is employed; and
The application for a license shall contain the name, address, social security number, photograph and fingerprints of the applicant and shall be kept on file in the Township Secretary's office.
The Township Secretary may revoke the license of a health club or massage technician upon satisfactory proof of any of the following:
The licensee does not meet the licensing requirements of this chapter;
The licensee has been convicted of prostitution, obscenity, indecency, promoting prostitution, keeping or maintaining a disorderly house, or related crimes and offenses;
The licensee has diagnosed or treated classified diseases, practiced spinal adjustments or prescribed medicines;
The licensee is guilty of fraud or willful negligence in the practice of body massage;
The licensee is a habitual user of narcotics or other drugs;
The licensee has allowed or permitted an unlicensed person to perform body massage;
The licensee has provided body massage to the genitals of any patron; or
The licensee has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or other applicable ordinances of the Township of Robinson, or any laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any laws of the United States of America. Any violation by an employee of a health club or by a massage technician shall be considered a violation by the health club.
The owner or manager of any health club operating in the Township as of the effective date of this chapter may apply for and may be granted by the Township Secretary a grace period not to exceed six months in order to comply with § 152-3C and D. With these exceptions, this chapter becomes effective upon all health clubs and proposed health clubs upon enactment.
This chapter shall be administered by the Township Secretary. An appeal from the denial of a license or the revocation of a license shall be filed with the Township Secretary within 15 days of such action and shall be heard and determined by the Township Zoning Hearing Board within 45 days of the filing of the appeal. The applicant or licensee shall be informed in writing of the denial or revocation of the license and of the reasons therefor.
[Amended 8-14-1989 by Ord. No. 16-1989]
Any person who violates this chapter shall be guilty of an offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $600 or undergo 30 days' imprisonment in default of payment thereof. In addition, any health club which is found to operate without a current license or which employs unlicensed massage technicians shall suffer the immediate revocation of its occupancy permit and shall not be permitted to operate.