The former mayor of La Loche is back as your worship after winning in recently a municipal election.

Georgina Jolibois, who served four terms from 2003-2015 as mayor, defeated two others in a vote held earlier this month.

She was most recently the Member of Parliament for the area.

The Northern Village of La Loche and neighbouring Clearwater River Dene Nation have been greatly impacted by two COVID-19 outbreaks this summer.

“We’re asking for one thing, and I believe the community was thinking about how to better coordinate and how to organize the community needs during the COVID outbreak,” said Jolibois.

“Working together and the ability to work together with other agencies and groups, not only in the community, but throughout the province, and the RCMP as well as the key agencies that are situated in the community.”

La Loche reported zero new cases Monday. 39 are still considered active and three people remain in hospital.

It also appears La Loche is implementing a mask mandate in all indoor public places, to mirror provincial regulations on communities with a population of 5000 and over.

“I would like to see that consistent. To make it consistent with all the communities in the province would be helpful,” explained Jolibois.

“It is really important to ensure that the province is very consistent on that. Make it mandatory? I do recommend that as well.”

Jolibois is echoing calls from other northern leaders for a province-wide mask mandate.

With nearly 500 new cases over the weekend, Premier Scott Moe is set to announce new restrictions Tuesday afternoon.