CENTRAL Victorian pharmacists say they are filling scripts with Melbourne addresses, but cannot be sure whether people have been in the area since before restrictions.
It comes as rumours circulate of people in restricted areas breaking lockdown to visit central Victoria.
Premier Daniel Andrews warned on Thursday that those in restricted areas should avoid regional Victoria.
Staff at Kyneton, Heathcote, and Castlemaine pharmacies all told the Bendigo Advertiser they had filled scripts for people with Melbourne addresses in the past weeks.
But staff emphasised they had no way of knowing whether these people had been staying in the region since before the lockdown.
Castlemaine's McKenzie Davey Pharmacy manager Lizzie Chapman said the business saw prescriptions with Melbourne addresses, but many people had homes in town or were staying with family.
Ms Chapman said the number of customers with Melbourne addresses had dropped since restrictions tightened in metropolitan areas and the Mitchell Shire.
Heathcote Pharmacy pharmacist Stacey Mannix said she had noticed a lot of Melbourne people over the past week.
She said it was a bit disheartening to see people not doing the right thing.
A Kyneton pharmacist, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was seeing a few customers with Melbourne addresses on their script each day.
The pharmacist said they were seeing people staying at their weekenders, despite not living in the area normally.
"We always get people who have weekenders, things like that, but in the moment they're supposed to be in their place of permanent residence," he said.
"It seems like some of them are staying, they've sort of come up for the duration.
"It's a bit disappointing. But look it's not our place to judge, but you do sort of think, 'I wish they wouldn't'."
The pharmacist said people were worried, as Kyneton was right on the border.
The premier warned on Thursday that those in metropolitan Melbourne should not visit regional Victoria.
"Ultimately, regional Victorian cases are low. We need to keep them that way. That's why changes are made to respond to outbreaks," Mr Andrews said.
"We have to jealously guard the numbers that are low. If you don't need to go to country Vic, don't."
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