During last year’s circuit breaker, many F&B businesses were badly impacted.
Besides the ban of dining in, the government also dictated that standalone outlets that sell only beverages, packaged snacks, confectionery or desserts have to also close.
This led to long lines at bubble tea joints during the night of the circuit breaker announcement as Singaporeans clamour to get their last fix.
While Singapore has regressed from Phase 3 of the economy reopening to Phase 2 heightened alert, such standalone outlets are still allowed to operate.
However, popular bubble tea brands Koi and LiHo have separately announced that they will be closing some of their outlets in light of the current Covid-19 situation.
For one, KOI Thé outlets at Lucky Plaza, The Arcade and Tanjong Pagar Plaza is “temporarily closed until further notice” from May 15.
Meanwhile, LiHo announced the temporary closure of eight of its outlets until June 13. In its Facebook post, it also directed its customers to other nearby outlets.
These bubble tea brands are not the only ones that have voluntarily paused operations. Filmgarde Cineplexes also announced yesterday (May 18) that it will be closed until May 31 at the earliest.
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