ANSWER: Yes, wherever people go, their ‘germs’ can go too. Implementing standard & transmission based precautions and our current social/physical distancing measures at work are the key part of what makes it safe to work in one (or more) areas.
A number of staff do work in different areas, units or even organisations. Stopping people from working with one or more of their current employers is not a key part of our Coronavirus response plan. It is of course a known risk and ‘multiple’ employees (people with 2 or more jobs at different wards or hospitals) should have identified themselves to their manager by now (most managers know and help roster staff to work in with other committments already).
This isn’t so anyone can ask you not to work in one or other place, just so that we know if there was an outbreak or concern in one of those workplaces, that we could help protect the other with deliberate rostering or allocating.
This is a routine part of outbreak resonse management, where we ‘minimise staff rotation’ and part of what we did during a ward based influenza outbreak in 2019. Unions and employers are supportive of staff maintaining all their employment.