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Out of curiosity, I wonder what other laws/regulations churches are exempted from following. Can they ignore building codes, sanitation laws, fire codes, etc?

Not under current law, with some very limited exceptions. I used to serve on the board of a synagogue where the town fire marshal allowed candles--ordinarily prohibited in public buildings--when required for a religious observance, but only the minimum number adequate for the observance. In other jurisdictions, more candles might have been allowed. No other exceptions from building, sanitation, fire, or other health and safety requirements.

It wouldn't surprise me now if churches started suing to be excused from having fire exits, capacity limits, etc. If Typhoid Mary were still alive, she could have a job cooking for churches!
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