Massage Establishment Act New RegulationsHan
New Business Licence Restrictions for Massage Parlours in Singapore
Passed in November 2017, new provisions under the Massage Establishment Act (MEA) targeting unlicensed massage joints came into force in March 2018. Under the new regulations, massage parlours located in HDB estates are to close for business by 10.30pm every day. However, massage parlours operating within hotels, as well as in designated areas, such as Orchard Road, Marina Centre, Marina Bay, Shenton Way, Collyer Quay, Changi Airport, can continue to operate past 10.30pm.
These tighter restrictions apply to existing licencees only when they renew their licences, unless they are in Housing Board estates, where these go into immediate effect.
Violators may face a fine up to $5000, $10,000 and/or jailed up to 2 years for subsequent offences.
Beauty and Wellness Industry Licensing Requirements
Beauty and Wellness establishments, which include Health Spas and Massage Parlours, basically only require registering for an ACRA licence to start operation. However, a Massage Establishment (ME) licence issued by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) is required under the Massage Establishment Act Cap 173 if massage services are offered.
Under Section 2(1) of the Act, “massage” is defined as “the act of rubbing, kneading or manipulating the human body or any part of it, by any person (whether or not using any hand-held equipment), for the purpose of relaxing muscle tension, stimulating circulation, increasing suppleness or otherwise”
(Source: Singapore Police Force)
With effect from March 2018, services such as manicure, pedicure, light treatment, electric treatment, vapour treatment, baths, etc will no longer be regulated under the Massage Establishments Act.