(a) Each individual place of business of each health club shall obtain a license from the Department of Consumer Protection prior to the sale of any health club contract. Application for such license shall be made on forms provided by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection and said commissioner shall require as a condition to the issuance and renewal of any license obtained under this chapter (1) that the applicant provide for and maintain on the premises of the health club sanitary facilities; (2) that the applicant, on and after October 1, 2022, (A) (i) provide and maintain in a readily accessible location on the premises of the health club at least one automatic external defibrillator, as defined in section 19a-175, and (ii) make such location known to employees of such health club, (B) ensure that at least one employee is on the premises of such health club during staffed business hours who is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automatic external defibrillator in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association, (C) maintain and test the automatic external defibrillator in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines, and (D) promptly notify a local emergency medical services provider after each use of such automatic external defibrillator; (3) that the application be accompanied by (A) a license or renewal fee of two hundred fifty dollars, (B) a list of the equipment and each service that the applicant intends to have available for use by buyers during the year of operations following licensure or renewal, and (C) two copies of each health club contract that the applicant is currently using or intends to use; and (4) compliance with the requirements of section 21a-226. Such licenses shall be renewed annually. The commissioner may impose a civil penalty of not more than three hundred dollars against any health club that continues to sell or offer for sale health club contracts for any location but fails to submit a license renewal and license renewal fee for such location not later than thirty days after such license’s expiration date.

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Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 21a-223

  • Buyer: means a person who enters into, or receives the benefit of, a health club contract. See Connecticut General Statutes 21a-216
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Health club: means any corporation, partnership, unincorporated association or other business enterprise offering facilities for the preservation, maintenance, encouragement or development of physical fitness or well-being in return for the payment of a fee entitling the buyer to the use of such facilities. See Connecticut General Statutes 21a-216
  • Health club contract: means an agreement by which a buyer is entitled to membership in a health club or use of the facilities of a health club. See Connecticut General Statutes 21a-216

(b) No health club shall (1) engage in any act or practice that is in violation of or contrary to the provisions of this chapter or any regulation adopted to carry out the provisions of this chapter, including the use of contracts that do not conform to the requirements of this chapter, or (2) engage in conduct of a character likely to mislead, deceive or defraud the buyer, the public or the commissioner. The Commissioner of Consumer Protection may refuse to grant or renew a license to, or may suspend or revoke the license of, any health club which engages in any conduct prohibited by this chapter.

(c) If the commissioner refuses to grant or renew a license of any health club, the commissioner shall notify the applicant or licensee of the refusal, and of the applicant’s or licensee’s right to request a hearing not later than ten days after the date of receipt of the notice of refusal. If the applicant or licensee requests a hearing within such ten-day period, the commissioner shall give notice of the grounds for the commissioner’s refusal to grant or renew such license and shall conduct a hearing concerning such refusal in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 concerning contested matters.

(d) The Attorney General at the request of the Commissioner of Consumer Protection may apply in the name of the state of Connecticut to the Superior Court for an order temporarily or permanently restraining and enjoining any health club from operating in violation of any provision of this chapter.