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Guwahati: 7 Unisex spas and salons in Guwahati receive strict warnings from the GMC

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Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) officials inspected 11 Unisex Spas and Salons at Dona Planet, Rudraksh Mall, and Ulubari on 17 November. 

During the examination, four of the 11 spas and salons were discovered to be closed.

Meanwhile, all seven of the remaining businesses were discovered to be operating without a legal trade licence. Notices were issued, and a fine/penalty was levied under the law.

No legal trade license

On November 16, 2021, a total of 7 unisex spas and salons in the Lakhtokia, Nepali Mandir, and Ganeshguri areas were examined, with three of them being determined to be closed.

The remaining four were discovered to be operating without a legal trade licence. According to the guidelines, fines were assessed and notifications were also served.

The GMC has previously stated some requirements for granting trade licence to salons, spas, and beauty parlours.

The opposite sex must not assist in any way

There shall not be any exclusive rooms or chambers inside the premises of the parlour/spa/salon, according to the order.  The main doors should be clear.  

In spas/unisex parlours, competent therapists should be present.  The opposing sex cannot give therapy or massage. A steam bath may be supplied, but the opposite sex must not help in any manner.

The organisation also stated that all clients addresses and phone numbers must be kept on file in these businesses.

“Umpteen complaints have been received from residents claiming many malpractices in specific spas and unisex parlours that have been deemed harmful to a civic society,” the GMC stated in explaining why it issued this first-of-its-kind order in Guwahati.

“A civic society’s rules and public morals must be respected by the corporation.”The announcement has been welcomed by Rashmi Baishya, who owns two women’s parlours.

“It would be beneficial if the elements carrying out criminal acts under the name of this profession were brought to justice,” Baidya said.

However, on the condition of anonymity, an entrepreneur who runs two unisex spas in Sundarpur and Beltola stated that the ban will “destroy” the operations of many real parlours like his.

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“I have licences that are valid for at least the next ten years.” The business will be destroyed if chambers or separate rooms are not allowed.

Manicure, pedicure, waxing, massage, and other services are popular among women. If the ruling is upheld, she may not feel safe using these services in public,” the owner said.

He said that Guwahati has an estimated 3,000 parlours, employing 8,000-10,000 young people and that the injunction might result in job losses.

“I have two parlours and 20 employees.” How will I manage my company if no customers show up? Many parlours may have to close their doors, putting local teenagers out of work,” the proprietor stated.

According to him, the GMC has committed to investigate their complaints. “There should be no separate room or bedroom inside the parlour/spa/premises… saloon’s The injunction, dated November 13, said that “the opposite sex cannot give therapy or massage.”

It was also stated that while steam baths may be available in these salons, no individual of the opposite sex would be permitted to help in any manner.

“The main entrance doors should be transparent. In spas and unisex parlours, certified therapists should be present, according to the GMC directive.

He also stated that on Tuesday, an association representing the city’s parlours met with GMC executives and voiced their displeasure with the corporation’s policies.


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