In emergency times as was the case during the Pandemic all manner of odd things occur, maybe not correct at the time but those doing so think it is the best way.

Our state premier thought what he was doing was correct, but no, though he pleaded he could not remember what he did, saying it was up to others!!!!!

But as is the case with ALL politicians it is them first, then them second and if a bit left over it goes to their mates.
The public get what is left, bugger all.