Yesterday (April 21), bubble tea shops in Singapore had to cease operations by 11.59pm. This came after the government announced that the standalone outlets would not be allowed to open as essential businesses during the extended circuit breaker period. There was national mourning, long queues at bubble tea joints and even viral spats over unfulfilled orders as Singaporeans tried to buy one last cup before they had to give up BBT. At least temporarily till May 5, as the Ministry of Trade & Industry had stated on its Go Business website that "these tighter measures will be in place minimally for a two-week period from 21 April 2020 until 4 May 2020 (inclusive)", with the possibility of extending the closure.
Turns out, there is no need to rush. After examining the guidelines released by the Ministry of Trade & Industry, 8days.sg found out that certain eateries — which happened to offer bubble tea but are not classified as standalone BBT shops — could continue to sell the nation’s favourite beverage. Stalls that sell BBT within hawker centres, kopitiams and food courts, like Dot Sugar at Maxwell Food Centre, are also exempted. This means we’re not looking at a complete BBT drought till June, as snack chains like I Love Taimei and Monga continue to churn out the drinks with delivery options.