The state Department of Health said massage and reflexology businesses will be inspected starting this month to identify unlicensed operations and illegal activities.
Foot and hand massage — or reflexology — practitioners now must be licensed under state law, and unannounced inspections of massage businesses are allowed, a health department news release said.
“According to the new section in the law, investigators can inspect businesses ‘within reasonable limits and in a reasonable manner.’ However, businesses can’t be shut down if violations are found. Possible violations could result in an investigation, which may lead to department action and/or a referral to local authorities,” the news release said.
The department said it anticipates about 150 inspections of massage and reflexology businesses annually.
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Before the law was amended last year, inspections only could come after a complaint had been filed, the release said.