Port Fairy businesses have received a massive boost during the first week of the school holidays with shop operators reporting an up to 50 per cent jump in trade.
All reported that visitors, many from Melbourne, were complying with coronavirus health regulations, particularly sanitising.
Hub cafe owner Dylan Nelson said on Saturday the past week had been fantastic.
He said that out-of-town police officers checked Port Fairy businesses were complying with health regulations on Friday.
"There were officers conducting walk-thru inspections," he said.
"There were a lot of people on the streets, but the businesses were all complying with the regulations and their individual requirements.
"We were fine. Everyone now is completely aware of the rules and their obligations."
Mr Nelson said hotels, cafes and other businesses were inspected.
"There were lots and lots of people and a lot of them were from Melbourne," he said.
"We need their money, otherwise we'll all be looking for alternate employment. Everyone is doing the right thing.
"We have sanitisers available and everyone coming in was sanitising themselves. The attitude of people was very pleasing."
Driftwood cafe operator Ally Richardson said business had picked up between 30 and 40 per cent in the past week.
"It's been very good, coinciding with the first week of school holidays," she said.
"I'm driving down the main street of Port Fairy right now and I can't find a car park. In a lot of ways it feels like it's almost back to summer."
"There's definitely a lot of people from Melbourne. Some from Hamilton and Portland, but the majority from Melbourne trying to get out to get out of hustle and bustle.
"It's not quite back to the summer business level. It's normal for us to lift 30 to 40 per cent in school holidays and we're over that this week."
Ms Richardson said it was a huge boost for the town.
"It's a great result. I was worried without Winter Weekends but it's been great without it," she said.
Port Fairy IGA supermarket Colin Cleary confirmed there was a large number of people visiting.
There's a lot of people. Most holiday houses in Port Fairy are booked out," he said.
"It's good for business but it's possibly a concern in relation to coronavirus. If the government says people can come, we can't do anything about it.
"A lot of people have hit the road for the school holidays.
"Panic buying isn't an issue here, but it's not business as usual because of the way we serve people and the sanitising stations.
"It may not go back to normal for a long time yet. The level of business is about the same," he said.
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