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Cross-gender massage banned in S.Delhi/ 2021
South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has notified a new licence policy for spa and massage centres that primarily restricts cross-gender massage.
“With the notification of the policy, we are allowed to implement it on the ground with immediate effect,” said a senior official.
An association of ayurvedic and spa centres has filed a petition in Delhi High Court against the government’s guidelines banning the cross-gender massage. “Since the court has not stayed the guidelines, we are allowed to notify and implement them with immediate effect. The matter is sub judice,” said the official.
The guidelines state that the facilities for men and women will be in different sections and massage centres could remain open only between 9am and 9pm. Also, police verification of an owner/spa manager will be mandatory before issuing the licence while there will also be a mandatory provision for production of ID cards of all customers.
All centres have been directed to adhere to all norms for grant/renewal of these activities under the jurisdiction of SDMC. “Permission will be granted in areas coming under the category of commercial, local commercial, notified commercial and mixed-land use. New spa/ massage centres will not be allowed in residential areas,” said the official.