The City of Regina’s executive committee will hear a report on Wednesday that includes two options to regulate ‘body rub’ parlours.
The city refers to ‘body rub’ parlours so they will not be confused with therapeutic massage.
The first option in the report is to step up enforcement of the current zoning bylaw, which only allows adult services as a discretionary use in industrial zones. Parlours that operate outside those areas would have to close or move.
The second option would be to create a bylaw to license adult services, which would come with a number of requirements. Some of them would include: criminal record checks and proof of age for workers, health inspections and compliance with CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) standards. This option would also permit adult services downtown and in one commercial zone.
The intention is to improve safety for workers and clients, the report said.
Public consultation on the regulations could start early next year. It will involve interviews and focus groups with sex workers, community associations and faith groups.
A final report would return to council by the end of the second quarter in 2019.