What you could expect when you ride the Tube © PA What you could expect when you ride the Tube

Covering your face while riding the Tube and other modes of public transport has now become compulsory.

The London Underground, one of the most used methods of pubic transport in the country, has seen some major changes since March's lockdown.

MyLondon took a ride on the Tube to see for themselves what the 'new normal' looks like following the government's move to make face coverings mandatory.

From face masks to social distancing, here's what happened.

The staff

There are no staff at the ticket barriers now. They stand in the concourse and are distanced from passengers.

A lot of the staff wear face coverings, including the British Transport Police, whose officers are checking that passengers are following the new rules.

Commuters and face masks

But it seemed some of the passengers were not quite understanding the use of face masks.

MyLondon reported seeing some commuters only covering their chins and foreheads, rather than their mouth and nose.

And others did cover their mouths but not their noses.

Passengers per carriage

MyLondon checked out the Central line, from Marble Arch to Shepherd's Bush.

There were 11 people in the carriage but only seven of them had their face covered.

And in another instance, a journey from Shepherd's Bush Market to Baker Street, there were 24 passengers not covering their face at all.

Inside the station

You can expect to be greeted with signs in every station now, informing people to wear face masks and advice on washing hands.

To assist with safe social distancing, there are one way systems in place and alternate ticket barriers for extra space.

Passengers are also advised to keep six steps behind the person in front of you when using the escalators. And don't forget to keep to the right.

On board the train

MyLondon said most people appeared to keep to social distancing on the carriages, even though the seats had not been cordoned off.

On board the trains, no seats have been cordoned off but people followed social distancing on the services I took, including an afternoon rush hour train.

There should be around 10 to 15 passengers per carriage, to adhere to social distancing rules. This is around a tenth of the capacity.

Concluding, MyLondon journalist writes: "So my experience was that plenty of people were doing their best to stick to the new rules around face coverings but there was a significant number who either have decided not to or haven't yet become aware of the change.

"A list of stations to avoid during rush hour has been published by TfL, as well as certain busier routes to avoid using if possible."

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