As of today, all massage practitioners must have official state certification with the California Massage Therapy Council to be allowed to practice legally in Lafayette.
The new law was adopted by the City of Lafayette back in May, but the city allowed for a 120-day grace period to allow all non-certified practitioners time to get certified. That grace period ends today.
The new law came into effect as part of the Lafayette Police Department’s crackdown on illegal sexual activity in Lafayette’s massage parlors. Three of Lafayette’s massage parlors have already been shut down by police – Body & Sole, Classical Music Massage and Lalouch Massage.
Lafayette Police will continue to run inspections and undercover operations of Lafayette’s massage parlors even with the new law in effect.