The Prime Minister will not lift the tier system until Easter Monday, according to reports.
Boris Johnson placed millions in a second lockdown at the start of November which is due to end on December 2.
Next month England will enter a three-tier system to replace the current lockdown.
However, a government source has claimed the measures will run longer than expected, and the tier system could last until April next year.
The move will come in a bid to prevent the NHS overflowing.
The government source said: “Boris will not countenance hospitals overflowing like they did in Italy,” reports The Sun.
“Nor can we get to the stage where we have to cancel operations and treatments. In all likelihood, the tiers have to stay.”
The PM is said to be hopeful that waiting until the Covid-10 ‘ winter peak’ has subsided will give his Government time to curb bases over coming months.
Speculation of an April 5 end date comes despite hopes a vaccine roll-out is imminent.
Vaccinators have reportedly been put on standby to begin delivering the jab to priority recipients within days.
But the Prime Minister is facing Tory mutiny over the restrictions as millions up and down the country are placed in even higher tiers than before lockdown.
Anger has grown this week as it was revealed more areas are in the new revised Tier 2 and 3 than before the second national shutdown.
Vast swathes of England’s north are enveloped in the lockdown once again.
Liverpool was one of few regions previously under stricter measures to be downgraded from Tier 3 to 2.
Testing is due to be ramped up in more areas over the winter months after trials in the city were shown to drive down the rates of spread.
The UK’s “R” transmission rate has dropped below 1 for the first time since August, igniting hopes it will buy the pressured health service more time as the virus ramps up.
However there are fears mixing during Christmas will drive up spread again.
The Government is relaxing rules to allow for exclusive ‘bubbles’ over Christmas for five days.
But officials have warned people to carefully consider whether it is worth putting vulnerable relatives at risk.